[OPE-L:8348] New Course in NYC on Capital, Vols II & III

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From: "Drewk" <Andrew_Kliman@msn.com>
Subject: New Course in NYC on CAPITAL, Vols. II & III
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Winter-Spring 2003 Class at the Brecht Forum


Andrew Kliman

16 weekly sessions (8 per semester)
beginning January 30
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm.

At the
Brecht Forum
122 West 27th St., 10th floor
New York, NY
(212) 242-4201.

Tuition is $65-$95 (sliding scale).

Course Description
Marx regarded _Capital_ as a “theoretical blow to the bourgeoisie
from which they will never recover.”  This two-semester course
will similarly emphasize how a rigorous theoretical understanding
of capital can aid the ongoing challenges to global capitalism.
Volumes II and III of _Capital_ complement and complete the
analysis begun in Volume I.  Volume II situates Volume I’s
analysis of the immediate process of capitalist production within
the circulation and reproduction processes.  Volume III endeavors
to show that real-world phenomena do not contradict, but are
“forms of appearance” of, the “essential” relations and categories
developed in Volume I.

We will begin with a user-friendly, 5-week survey of Volume II,
focusing on the circuits of capital, the concept of productive
labor, and the reproduction schemes.  The remaining 11 weeks will
be devoted to Volume III, and will concentrate on the appearance
of surplus-value as profit; the distribution of surplus-value
within the capitalist class; Marx’s law of the tendential fall in
the rate of profit and crisis theory; and his argument that
capitalism’s production relations (and not only its relations of
income and wealth distribution) are historically specific and
transitory.  We will also explore Marxists’ and non-Marxists’
objections to Marx’s reproduction schemes, his account of the
transformation of values into production prices, and his theory of the
falling profit rate.

For more information, or to obtain a syllabus and readings for the first
session, contact the instructor at Andrew_Kliman@msn.com .

Andrew Kliman teaches economics at a local college, and has
recently taught courses on “Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory” and
“Marx’s Commentaries on ‘Capital’” at the Brecht Forum.   His
writings on Marx’s critique of political economy have appeared in
_Marx and Non-equilibrium Economics_, _Capital and Class_,
_Historical Materialism_, and elsewhere.


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