Today at 1 pm I begin teaching Philosophy 471 at UNC Chapel Hill: 7 graduate students and 12 undergraduates in a small seminar room with a maximum capacity of 19 plus the Instructor. The official title of the course is Hegel, Marx, and the Philosophical Critique of Society, but the title I have announced is Karl Marx’s Critique of Capitalism, and after a brief mention today, Hegel will depart, never to be heard from again.
I have decided to do something I have never done before in any course: set before the students the full-scale interdisciplinary understanding of Capital that I have developed over the last 45 years, my integrated economic, philosophical, sociological, political, historical, mathematical, literary critical interpretation of the greatest work of social theory ever written. Given the vagaries of age and health and the uncertainties of employment opportunities for eighty-six year old professors not quite ready for retirement, this may be my last go-round, so I have decided to make it a good one.
There is a waiting list, and after I explain my intentions, some of those registered may bail. I will let you know how it goes.