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Phenomenology and/or Marxism. Adventures and Misadventures of a Relationship - AFS500307
Title: Phenomenology and/or Marxism. Adventures and Misadventures of a Relationship
Guaranteed by: Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies (21-UFAR)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Level: specialized
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Daniele De Santis, Dott. Ric.
Teacher(s): Daniele De Santis, Dott. Ric.
Last update: Daniele De Santis, Dott. Ric. (31.01.2024)

LS/SS 2024
Charles University
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
(MA Students)

Daniele De Santis, Ph. D.

This is not a class for Erasmus students

Office hours: Thursday 14:30-15:30

Phenomenology and/or Marxism
Adventures and Misadventures of a Relationship
(Thursday 12:30-14:05)

Room: P225

1. General Description and Aims of the Module

With no doubts, “phenomenology” and “Marxism” are two of the most important and influential philosophical traditions of the 20th century. The present module wants to explore some of the intersections between them, whether of positive or critical nature. We will explore the possibility of combining phenomenology (whether of Husserlian variety, Heideggerian nature or other) with some of the main tenets of Marxism (e.g., with the concept of dialectics, or its historical materialism) as well as the reasons for deeming the two absolutely incompatible. Is Marxism a philosophy strictu sensu? Should it be considered a philosophy of history? Or an organon for understanding society? Can phenomenology contribute to elucidate ontologically some of the fundamental concepts and assumptions of Marxism? What sort of Marxism should we take into account?

We will read texts/contributions on/by Herbert Marcuse and Georgy Lukacs, Martin Heidegger and Lucien Goldmann, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Michel Henry, Ian Angus, Tran Dun Thao and Mario Tronti.
Course completion requirements
Last update: Daniele De Santis, Dott. Ric. (31.01.2024)



Students will be evaluated based upon the following two distinct parameters:


(1) Participation (which includes, yet is not limited to: attendance, in-class active participation). If you are absent, please ask your classmates for any assignments or key discussion materials missed.

(2) An in-class presentation (dates and modality to be established with the teacher)

Last update: Daniele De Santis, Dott. Ric. (31.01.2024)

Essential Bibliography



H. Marcuse, Heideggerian Marxism


G. Lukacs, History and Class ConsciousnessHeidegger redivivusThe Destruction of Reason


M. Heidegger, Letter on Humanism


L. Goldmann, Lukacs and Heidegger


T. Duc Thao, Phenomenology and Dialectical Materialism



M. Merleau-Ponty, The Adventures of Dialectics


M. Henry, Marx: An Introduction


M. Tronti, Workers and Capital

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