Christopher J. Arthur's The New Dialectic and Marx's Capital (Historical Materialism PDF

By Christopher J. Arthur

ISBN-10: 9004127984

ISBN-13: 9789004127982

This e-book either argues for, and demonstrates, a brand new flip to dialectic. Marx's Capital was once in actual fact motivated by means of Hegel's dialectical figures: the following, case via case, the importance of those is clarified. extra, it truly is argued that, rather than the dialectic of the increase and fall of social structures, what's wanted is a technique of articulating the dialectical family members characterising a given social entire. Marx learnt from Hegel the need for a scientific improvement, and integration, of different types; for instance, the class of 'value' will be absolutely comprehended basically within the context of the totality of capitalist family. those reports hence shed new mild on Marx's nice paintings, whereas going past it in lots of respects.


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Grounded in the totality and its law of reproduction, ‘the commodity form of the product of labour’ acquires the character of necessity, rather than just being contingently present in experience,44 and the ‘value form of the commodity’ becomes actually established as a concretely universal determination. 1 Engels, F. 1969 ‘Karl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy’ [1859], p. 514. For a discussion of this review of Marx’s 1859 Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy see Arthur, C.

4 Marx, K. 1981 Capital Volume III, p. 370 and p. 371n. 5 Compare the version of Volume III in Marx-Engels Werke, Band 25, pp. 2 (1992), pp. 334–36. 6 It is true that Engels was able to cite a passage from the manuscript of the third volume in which something like the content of the idea of a stage of simple commodity production was discussed by Marx. Seizing enthusiastically on this, Engels claimed that ‘if Marx had been able to go through the third volume again, he would undoubtedly have elaborated this passage significantly’ (Engels, F.

Their use value for capital is simply the capacity for such ‘work’. It is important that when one ‘finds work’ in a capitalist firm this is undertaken under the capital relation in which the object and instruments of production are the property of another; this does not therefore overcome estrangement between subject and object but rather preserves the alienated relationship, while allowing production to proceed. It is a mistake is to identify the abstract labour that is the substance of value with the supposedly ‘abstract’ character of the modern labour process in its physical form.

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