Tall And True Short Reads

My Marxist Philosophy Class

Episode 58 (28 August 2022)

In February 1998, I started an eight-week evening college course, Introduction to Philosophy. I was in my mid-thirties, and while I was aware of philosophers, I hadn’t read their works and knew nothing about critical thinking. Our text was Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. And our tutor was a Marxist.


My Marxist Philosophy Class

Show Notes

Season Two: Episode 58 (28 August 2022)

My Marxist Philosophy Class is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the post: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/my-marxist-philosophy-class

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Episode Insight

I shared the blog post, My Marxist Philosophy Class, on Tall And True after finding the fax communication between the course tutor and myself in a box of papers in September 2019.

I enjoyed drawing on extracts from our faxes and my 1998 diary entries to craft the post. And I loved reacquainting myself with the story of Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.

What struck me most when writing the blog post was that although it was over twenty years since my Marxist philosophy class, the memories and emotions of that night were still vivid. And I guess this partly explains the passions of the class member who complained about the course and the tutor who defended it. And why Marx and Marxism still provoke passionate debate!

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