1. The Young Hegelian The first of a 4 part discussion centered on the contributions of Karl Marx. In this segment Lavine presents a biographical sketch of Karl Marx, and discusses the young Hegelians and Marx's role in that organization.
2. Alienated Man Lavine discusses Marx's philosophy of man's economic alienation as presented in the Paris Manuscripts of 1844 and The German Ideology. The program concludes with a brief biographical sketch of Friedrich Engels, Marx's collaborator.
3. The Conflict of Classes Lavine discusses Marx's theory of historical materialism. The program includes Marx's concepts of the economic foundations of society, ideology, and the dialectic of historical change, and his views on the historical development of economic relations between the classes.
4. The World to Come In the first part of the program, Lavine discusses the Communist Manifesto which critiques capitalism and calls for the inevitability of the proletarian revolution. In the second part, Lavine examines Das Kapital which defines Marx's theories of labor value, surplus and exploitation, and details the stages of communism.
Thelma Z. Lavine (1915-2011) was Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University. Previously she taught at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. Professor Lavine received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has received, among other awards, the Josiah Royce Fellow in Philosophy and a research fellowship in philosophy (Harvard).