About Us

Reading Marx operates exactly as one might expect: we read Marx. The group meets regularly throughout the semester to discuss our progress through a selected text. Group discussion operates on the principle that we are all coming to the text for the first time, and seek primarily to understand the work at hand through close reading and conversation, in order to apply the understanding we’ve gained in our own independent research.

For Fall 2016 semester, we will be reading Karl Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. We will be meeting on alternating Tuesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 4th in Room 805 from 12:00 to 1:45. Please see details on the assigned readings below.

Reading Schedule: Fall 2016

Karl Marx’s The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (trans. Martin Milligan)

  • Oct. 4: “Translator’s Note,” “Preface,” “Wages of Labour,” and “Profit of Capital” (pp 9 – 52, 42 pages)
  • Oct. 18: “Rent of Land,” and “[Estranged Labour]” (pp 53 – 84, 40 pages)
  • Nov. 1: “[Antithesis of Capital and Labour…]”, “[Private Property and Labour Views…],” and “[Private Property and Communism…]” (pp 85 – 114, 29 pages)
  • Nov. 15: “[The Meaning of Human Requirements…],” and “[The Power of Money]” (pp 115 – 140, 25 pages)
  • Nov. 29: “[Critique of the Hegelian Dialectic…]” (pp 141 – 168, 27 pages)
  • Dec. 13: “Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy,” Frederick Engels (pp 171 – 202, 31 pages)
  • BONUS: Holiday Reading: “The Communist Manifesto” (pp 203 – 243, 40 pages)

Contact Us

Zane KossCo-Organizer, PhD Candidate, NYU
Sushmita SircarCo-Organizer, PhD Candidate, NYU


First Meeting: Tuesday, October 4, 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm; Room 805