Karl Korsch pp 136-169 | Cite as

Karl Marx

  • Patrick Goode


In 1928 Korsch’s mandate to the Reichstag expired (he did not stand again) and the Kommunistische Politik group dissolved itself. His main work was now to be the organisation of a Marxist study circle whose members were for the most part middle-class intellectuals. The circle he directed in the last few months before Hitler’s seizure of power (from November 1932 to February 1933) the ‘study circle for critical Marxism’, had a study programme significantly entitled ‘What is living and what is dead in Marxism’. Four of the eight meetings discussed philosophical questions such as the application of dialectical materialism to the natural and social sciences.1 The circle held its meetings in an experimental school in Neukölln, Berlin, the ‘Karl Marx School’, at which Korsch’s wife was a teacher.2 The circle was attended by Lukacs,3 but probably the most well-known figures it influenced were Brecht and Döblin.


Historical Materialism Social Revolution Historical Specification Dialectical Materialism Study Circle 
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  1. 9.
    Korsch, ‘Review of Collectivisation: Loeuvre constructive de la révolution espagnole, Recueil de documents’, Zeitschriftftir Sozialforschung (1938), pp. 469–74.Google Scholar
  2. 10.
    M. Jay, The Dialectical Imagination p. 4. Cf. Phil Slater,’ The Origins and Significance of the Frankfurt School (London, 1977), pp. iv, xv.Google Scholar
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    Korsch, ‘Zur Neuordnung der deutschen Arbeitsverfassung’, Rätekorrespondenz (1984), pp. 1–20.Google Scholar
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    G. Rusconi, La teoria critica della societd p. 128. Cf. T. Perlini, ‘A proposito di Korsch’, La critica sociologica (1970),p. 33, which makes the same claim more forcefully.Google Scholar
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    F. Borkenau, ‘Review of Karl Marx’, Sociological Review (1939), p. 118.Google Scholar
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    K. Marx, Capital, Afterword to the second edition, vol. 1 (London: Allen & Unwin, 1957) p. xxiv. MEW, vol. 23, p. 21.Google Scholar
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    Korsch, ‘Introduction to Capital’ (1932), in Three Essays on Marxism p. 61.Google Scholar
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    Korsch, ‘Why I Am a Marxist’, Modern Monthly (April 1935), pp. 65–6.Google Scholar

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