Fall 2022

Marxist Theories of Racism

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-412


Rose E. Lenehan (Section 01)


What are the relationships between racism and capitalism? What economic changes—in the distribution of income and wealth, in production, and in the division of labor—are necessary to achieve racial justice? Marxist theorists of racism have argued that racism is necessary for the reproduction and expansion of capitalism because it maintains divisions among workers and provides an ideological justification for inequality. In this course we will focus on understanding the relationship between economic exploitation and racial oppression, the nature and functions of racial ideology, and the mechanisms by which racial inequality is reproduced. Then, we will consider how these ideas bear on the theoretical question of what racial justice requires and the practical question of how to pursue it.

Requisite:  One course in Philosophy or Black Studies, or other familiarity with Marxism or theories of racism, is preferred but not required. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Lenehan. 

How to handle overenrollment: If the course is over-enrolled I will give priority by seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: close reading and argumentative writing.

PHIL 412 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM CONV 209


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022