Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Taste of Marx

Each day we get one day closer to Friday’s final, and each day that thought adds more and more stress to an already stressful class. Not that class isn’t fun, it really is just this last week that is far and away one of the most stressful weeks I’ve ever had academically. I know it might sound odd to some for me to be complaining about one essay and one test, but since the test and essay make up more than half of my grade, I think it’s worth worrying about, to say the least. Not that I don’t think I’m prepared, quite the contrary, I feel that I really understand all these philosophers’ main concepts. It’s just after hearing just how few people were able to get As or A-s on their mid-term, I’ve realized that this is going to be the hardest I will ever have had to work to make sure I get the A or at least A- that I know I am capable of receiving.

Anyway, venting aside, today’s class was one of the more interesting classes these last few weeks, although there still hasn’t been a single boring one. We started off the day with a lecture on Marx, but didn’t really delve into his better known writings, known as the Communist Manifesto. We did get to hear about his basic ideas on labor and how if one has to give away that which he labored on, he will become estranged from that very labor, and eventually all mankind.

After our discussion, we went back to Goldwin Smith for our last guest lecture, from a lawyer who worked on the Haagen Dazs v. Frusen Gladje case in the 1980s, and it was very interesting to hear about the case from someone who was actually there.

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