"Themes in Twentieth Century Political Theory: Marxism and Beyond".

Course Description


PS 215b is a course on twentieth century political theory. The core text we shall be examining are the same as those for my PS 112d, which is where you’ll find them in the ASUC bookstore They are Lenin, “What is to be done?” and “State and Revolution,” in The Lenin Reader; Lukács, “Class Consciousness,” in History and Class Consciousness, pp 46-82; Gramsci. Selections from the Prison Notebooks, pp. 5-23, 206-7;


Supplementary reading

Raymond Geuss, Philosophy and Real Politics

George Lichtheim, Marxism. A Historical and Critical Study (p)

                               ­A Short History of Socialism (p)

Perry Anderson, Considerations on Western Marxism (p)

Ernst Nolte, Three Faces of Fascism (p)

Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination (p)  

------------    Marxism and Totality (p)


 Carl E. Schorske, German Social Democracy (p)

James Joll, The Second International

Bertrand D. Wolfe, Three Who Made a Revolution (p)

Leopold Haimson, The Russian Marxists and the Origins of Bolshevism

Alfred Meyer, Leninism

Georg Lukács, Lenin, A Study of the Unity of his Thought (p)

Paul Thomas, Alien Politics (p)


  Andrew Feenberg, Lukács, Marx and Sources of Critical Theory (p)

Eugene Lunn, Marxism and Modernism (p)

Seyla Benhabib, Situating the Self (p), chs 3-4


 Paul Thomas, Alien Politics

Paul Piccone, Italian Marxism (p)

John M. Cammett, Antonio Gramsci and the Origins of Italian Communism

Water Adamson, Hegemony and Revolution. Antonio Gramsci’s Political and Cultural History

Anne Showstack Sassoon, Gramsci’s Politics (p)

Martin Clark, Antonio Gramsci and the Revolution that Failed


Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (p)

Philip Rieff, Freud.The Mind of the Moralist


Bruno Bettelheim, Freud and Man’s Soul (p)

Peter Gay, Freud. A Life for our Times


 Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination (p)

Morton Schoolman, The Imaginary Witness: The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse (p)

Barry Katz, Herbert Marcuse and the Art of Liberation (p)


 Martin Jay, Marxism and Totality (p), ch 15

Raymond Geuss, The Idea of a Critical Theory: Habermas and the Frankfurt School

Thomas McCarthy, The Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas

John B. Thompson and David Held, Habermas: Critical Debates (p)


 George Kateb, Hannah Arendt. Politics, Conscience, Evil

Margaret Canovan, Hannah Arendt. A Reinterpretation of her Political Thought

Hanna Pitkin, The Attack of the Blob. Hanna Arendt’s Concept of the Social

Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, Hannah Arendt. For Love of the World

                                         Why Arendt Matters


 Fred Dallmayr, Politics and Praxis, ch 3

Martin Jay, Marxism and Totality(p), Epilogue

Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics

David Macey, Foucault (p)