Friday, October 5, 2018

Q&A #3: Equality and Socialist Feminism

1. Read: Chapters 3 & 4.

Supplemental background on socialist feminism:

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/socialist-feminism-barbara-ehrenreich

Q: Are "status egalitarians" right to suppose that capitalism is not necessarily (but merely actually) sexist and racist?  What are the implications for socialist (status + economic) egalitarians (and for socialist feminists in particular)?

or

(As I said in class today) compose your own Q and send it to me in an email for approval.

Due: 10/26

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Q&A #2: Socialist Voices and Socialist Freedom

1. Read:

Chapters 1 and 2, in TANS.
"On Morality" p. 725 ff, in TMER

2. Q: Few words find more frequent use in Americans' various self-descriptions and pronouncements than "freedom" (or liberty):

 "They hate our freedoms."  "Land of the free..."  "Freedom ain't free..."  "The free world..." "free markets..." etc.

But what does it mean for a human to be truly "free"?

Due: October12.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Q&A #1: The "early" Marx

1. Read (from Tucker, ed.):

a. Introduction (p. xix)
b. Marx on the History of his Opinions (p. 3)
c. For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing (p. 12)
d. Contribution to a Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right: Introduction (p. 53)
e. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (p. 66-81).

2.  Defend, modify, or reject Marx's concept of human nature as outlined in these early writings.

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Due: Friday, September 21.