David Harvey’s Course on Marx’s Capital: Volumes 1 & 2 Now Available Free Online

For many peo­ple, the argu­ments and analy­sis of Karl Marx’s three-vol­ume Das Kap­i­tal (or Cap­i­tal: A Cri­tique of Polit­i­cal Econ­o­my) are as rel­e­vant as ever. For many oth­ers, the work is a his­tor­i­cal curios­i­ty, dat­ed rel­ic, or worse. Before form­ing an opin­ion either way, it’s prob­a­bly best to read the thing—or as much of the huge set of tomes as you can man­age. (Vol. 1, Vol. 2. and Vol. 3.) Few thinkers have been as fre­quent­ly mis­quot­ed or mis­un­der­stood, even, or espe­cial­ly, by their own adher­ents. And as with any dense philo­soph­i­cal text, when embark­ing on a study of Marx, it’s best to have a guide. One could hard­ly do bet­ter than David Har­vey, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­o­gy and Geog­ra­phy at the City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York’s Grad­u­ate Cen­ter.

Harvey’s work as a geo­g­ra­ph­er focus­es on cities, the increas­ing­ly pre­dom­i­nant mode of human habi­ta­tion, and he is the author of the high­ly pop­u­lar, two-vol­ume Com­pan­ion to Marx’s Cap­i­tal. The books grow out of lec­tures Har­vey has deliv­ered in a pop­u­lar course at the City Uni­ver­si­ty. They’re very read­able (check them out here and here), but you don’t have to read them—or attend CUNY—to hear Har­vey him­self deliv­er the goods. We’ve pre­vi­ous­ly fea­tured his Cap­i­tal: Vol­ume 1 lec­tures (at top, pre­ced­ed by an inter­view with a col­league). Now Har­vey has made his lec­tures on Cap­i­tal, Vol­ume II and some of Vol­ume III avail­able. Watch all twelve class­es above or view them indi­vid­u­al­ly here. As Har­vey admits in an inter­view before the first lec­ture, the neglect­ed sec­ond vol­ume of Marx’s mas­ter­work is “a very dif­fi­cult vol­ume to get through,” due to its style, struc­ture, and sub­ject mat­ter. With Harvey’s patient, enthu­si­as­tic guid­ance, it’s worth the trou­ble.

You can view the lec­tures from Har­vey’s course on mul­ti­ple plat­forms. Below we pro­vide an easy-to-access list. You can also see all lec­tures on David Har­vey’s web­site, where you can also down­load class notes.


Vol­ume 1

Vol­ume 2


Vol­ume 1 Audio

Vol­ume 1 Video

Vol­ume 2 Audio

Vol­ume 2 Video


Vol­ume 1 and 2 — All Videos

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Read Marx’s Cap­i­tal with David Har­vey, and Then Help Trans­late His Free Course Into 36 Lan­guages

Piketty’s Cap­i­tal in a Nut­shell

The Karl Marx Cred­it Card – When You’re Short of Kap­i­tal

Free Online Eco­nom­ics Cours­es

Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Durham, NC. Fol­low him at @jdmagness

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  • Matt says:

    Thank you for shar­ing this! I bought Cap­i­tal Vol­ume I a few years ago, and, though I’m no stranger to read­ing lengthy and some­times tedious books, I’ve only man­aged to advance in this a few hun­dred pages with the great­est effort. Marx’s ideas remain a pow­er­ful cri­tique of the world in which we live, and they pro­vide one of the most use­ful frame­works for mak­ing sense of so much that we see. Thank you for help­ing some of us nav­i­gate a very chal­leng­ing cou­ple of books.

  • Glenn Lawryk says:

    Rel­e­vant today!? LOL. Marx would make an excel­lent Marx­ist today. A total bum, nev­er had a real job, hat­ed man­u­al labour, lived off of the sweat and gen­eros­i­ty of oth­ers, drunk and idle for days on end, nev­er took any inter­est or care of his large fam­i­ly with three chil­dren dead before 10 years old due to under­nour­ish­ment. Marx was nev­er inter­est­ed in con­tribut­ing any­thing pro­duc­tive in soci­ety but in destroy­ing it to cre­ate a com­mu­nist Utopia fan­ta­sy.

  • Parade Rainer says:

    In the absence of a good argu­ment, go straight for the ad hominem attack. If you can’t engage with the ideas, you are a slave to lazy think­ing. Your obser­va­tions on the per­son detract not one iota from the mes­sage of the man.
    As Marx put it: ‘Rea­son has always exist­ed, but not always in a rea­son­able form.’

  • Cami says:

    Marx­ism today is rel­e­vant. Of course. What is not rel­e­vant is lib­er­al­ism and the neolib­er­al mod­el.
    Marx nev­er con­sid­ers him­self a Marx­ist, igno­rant.
    Marx worked his life and that is ful­ly demon­strat­ed, the only men­tal­ly lazy is you. Marx was not a work­er, and it is also false that he hat­ed man­u­al labor. On the con­trary, Marx worked as a jour­nal­ist for more than 20 years, he was direc­tor of a news­pa­per, in addi­tion to all his works on phi­los­o­phy, eco­nom­ics and his­to­ry. Marx was not idle and he was not drunk, if so he would nev­er have man­aged to write those great works that have changed the course of human­i­ty. Marx entered the Lon­don library at 7 a.m. and left at 10 p.m. with only a lit­tle food. For what you affirm you have invent­ed them or you are sim­ply repeat­ing the lies the use­less, igno­rant and failed lib­er­als and con­ser­v­a­tives. Marx was not bour­geois, nor was he exploit­ed because he did not own any means of pro­duc­tion. A lit­tle his­to­ry, ass­hole.
    That Marx nev­er cared for or cared for his large fam­i­ly is false, on the con­trary, Marx suf­fered in pover­ty and mis­ery, since he was polit­i­cal­ly per­se­cut­ed for his writ­ings and works. In no coun­try on the plan­et can a cit­i­zen sup­port a large fam­i­ly if he earns a basic or very low salary, and that does not mean that he is idle, the only idlers who live off the work of oth­ers are the cap­i­tal­ist bour­geoisie to which idiots like you You blind­ly defend If his chil­dren appeared from Marx, it is because he nev­er had enough mon­ey to sup­port his rel­a­tive, because in the Unit­ed King­dom pover­ty, mis­ery, hunger and dis­ease reigned for the vast major­i­ty of work­ers, while the cap­i­tal­ist bour­geoisie lived in lux­u­ry thanks to exploita­tion of their work­ers.
    Marx nev­er expe­ri­enced sweat and gen­eros­i­ty, because he sur­vived based on his efforts, but you are a slan­der­er and a slan­der­er, because you can­not refute Marx at all, nor the Marx­ists and the Marx­ist-Lenin­ists.
    Marx did cre­ate some­thing pro­duc­tive, he man­aged to cre­ate the tools for the work­ing class to rise up and take pow­er, and he was able to achieve this thanks to the exis­tence of his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­al­ism and dialec­ti­cal mate­ri­al­ism that is used in sci­ence by many sci­en­tists, with­out them real­ize they use it.
    Marx con­tributed to his­to­ry, eco­nom­ics, pol­i­tics, phi­los­o­phy, soci­ol­o­gy, law, jour­nal­ism, psy­chol­o­gy, anthro­pol­o­gy, etc. On the oth­er hand, the lib­er­als have con­tributed absolute­ly noth­ing to the work­ing class, that is, their con­tri­bu­tions only served the rul­ing class, which is the cap­i­tal­ist bour­geois class.
    Marx did not destroy soci­ety to impose a com­mu­nist fan­ta­sy, who destroyed soci­ety to impose a lib­er­al fan­ta­sy were the lib­er­als them­selves and today we see it with neolib­er­al­ism that if it is a utopia that defends the non-exis­tent free mar­ket, the sup­posed indi­vid­ual free­dom that it only works for the cap­i­tal­ist bour­geoisie, which defends free­dom of expres­sion but for the bour­geoisie, which defends pri­vate invest­ment for the accu­mu­la­tion of cap­i­tal, that is, pri­vate invest­ment for the pur­pose of loot­ing, steal­ing and exploit­ing in third world coun­tries . That is what the lib­er­als or neolib­er­als defend, where the bour­geoisie has destroyed soci­ety just to sus­tain its lib­er­al utopia of a per­fect world gov­erned by the free mar­ket and oth­er lib­er­al stu­pidi­ties.
    It is true that Marx is still valid today, and the ad hominem fal­lac­i­es show that Marx is too impor­tant to under­stand the world today, and because brain­less or brain­less peo­ple sup­port the cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem that robs them, exploits them, deceives, manip­u­lates them and plun­ders their nat­ur­al resources and destroys their lives. The days of this cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem and its neolib­er­al mod­el are num­bered, because social­ism will pre­vail in many coun­tries of the world, as a result of the class strug­gle.
    Your non­sense and lies that lack any argu­ment do not refute at all what Karl Marx has done and did in favor of human­i­ty.

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