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10.3] Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt – Q & A

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1] “The distinguishing feature of communism is not the abolition of property generally but abolition of bourgeois property”- Communist Manifesto. Discuss.
2] Comment on productive forces and production relations.
3] Marx turns Hegel upside down. Comment on the basis of what Marx appropriates from Hegel and what difference Marx has with Hegel.
4] Discuss the concept of Dialectical Materialism.
5] “Karl Marx found communism a chaos and left it a movement”- Laski. Comment
6] Describe and examine the Marxian theory that the mechanism of social change is to be found in the idea of class struggle.
7] Do you accept the view that violence is the indispensable midwife of social change?

8] Discuss the concept of ideology, hegemony and organic intellectuals in the ideas of Gramsci.
9] Explain the difference between hegemony and domination in Gramsci.
10] According to Gramsci, ‘hegemony is primarily based on the organisation of consent.’ Comment. [2019/20m/250w/3a]
11] Gramsci was concerned to relieve Marxism from narrow economic reductionism. Comment and substantiate your point of view.

12] Critically examine Hannah Arendt’s conceptual triad of labour, work and action. [2019/20m/250w/4a]
13] Discuss the concept of Freedom as per Hannah Arendt.
Write a short note on Banality of Evil.
14] “Power is sui-generis… Power is what keeps the public realm in existence.” Hannah Arendt. On the basis of above statement explain Hannah Arendt’s theory of power and how her approach is unconventional.
15] “In an ever changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true…” (Hannah Arendt) Comment.

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