Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lefebvre and Sohn-Rethel.

It has occurred to me that there are a number of interesting parallels, and possible points of productive synthesis, between Henri Lefebvre and Alfred Sohn-Rethel. In the first place, it is interesting to note that Lefebvre and Sohn-Rethel both conceived … Continue reading

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Milios on Althusser’s anti-Hegelianism

In the same article Milios also offers the following intriguing periodisation as a way to circumvent the tricky issue of reconciling the anti-Hegelianism of Althusserian and the Hegelianism of Value-Form Theory: Althusser became increasingly sceptical about the problematic of the … Continue reading

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Althusserian Theory as Form-Analytic Social Theory

John Milios’s Capital after Louis Althusser. Focusing on Value-Form Analysis can be seen to provide an illuminating discussion of how elements of Althusserian social theory can extend a value-theoretic reading of Capital into a form-analytic social theory. Although Milios rightly … Continue reading

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The Simple Form of Value

From Karl Marx and the Classics, p. 25:  

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Bonefeld on Clarke

Bonefeld makes the following important comments in his review article on The State Debate, which  both contextualize and put forward important criticisms of Clarke’s theory: ‘within the context of the CSE debate on the state, the emphasis on class struggle … Continue reading

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State, Class Struggle, and the Reproduction of Capital

The problem of the state is often posed as the problem of reconciling the class character of the state with its institutional separation from the bourgeoisie: what are the mediations through which the state is, despite its apparent neutrality, subordinated … Continue reading

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Althusser contra Honneth

As far as I know nobody has advanced a materialist form-analytic critique against Honneth’s notion of recognition, which it seems to me might be done along the following lines: Exploitation does not take place in the realm of ‘intersubjective relations’ … Continue reading

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