Joshua Bauchner on Marx

Event date: 
October 22, 2015 - 8:30pm
Seminar Series: 
Readings in Capitalism and History

We welcome any and all of you interested in the question “hey, what’s capitalism?” to join us for the second Readings in Capitalism and History (RICH) event of the year. Our very own Joshua Bauchner has graciously agreed to direct a session on the writings of Karl Marx. We’ll be going back to our conceptual origins, armed with readings, pizza, and libations. This will be an informal discussion session, and we encourage any and all interested in talking or hearing about capitalism to join.

We’ll be meeting Thursday, October 22, at 8:30pm at the Lakeside Commons. Josh has provided some readings and has suggested an order in which to tackle them.


In recommended order

  • Marx, preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (1859; “The 1859 Preface”)
  • Marx, introduction to Grundrisse [Outlines of the Critique of Political Economy] (1857; “The 1857 Introduction”)
  • Marx and Engels, The German Ideology, pt. 1 (1845), selections
  • Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852), ch. 1, 7

Supplementary Material

  • Étienne Balibar, The Philosophy of Marx (2007), ch. 1, 4
    • Plus a few informative “info boxes” from elsewhere in the book on topics such as “Dialectical Materialism” and “Determination in the Last Instance”
    • Useful both for framing reading Marx today (ch. 1) and more specifically on his philosophy of history (ch. 4)
  • Frederic Jameson, introduction to Representing Capital (2010)
    • A short and polemical argument about how to read Capital, vol. 1.
  • Traditional and revised schemata of the mode of production, from Frederic Jameson, The Political Unconscious (1983)

For more information, visit the Readings in Capitalism and History blog.