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Fetish Character in 1861-63.

I think the following passage is of interest because it highlights how Marx utilizes the idea of fetishism qua the capitalist form of social production. Whilst some argue that it is done simply in terms of a detournment in which … Continue reading

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Value and Fetish worshiping in 1861-63.

A brilliant passage on value and fetish worshiping. In my interpretation I think it shows the implicit distinction he later makes in Capital between the fetish characteristic forms of value, as the social properties things possess by virtue of the … Continue reading

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Social Productive Power, Subsumption and Capital.

A nice passage from the 1861-63 manuscripts highlighting subsumption and the perversion of social labour in the forms of money and capital: “The social productive power which arises from cooperation is a free gift. The individual workers or rather labour … Continue reading

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Lefebvre on Capital and Concrete Abstraction.

Polishing my Lefebvre chapter. Don’t recall if I posted these passages where he discusses Capital– In Capital (1867) Marx worked out his conception of the dialectic still more thoroughly. The categories are abstract, inasmuch as they are elements obtained by … Continue reading

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Query about Erganzungen un Veranderungeng for German reading Marxologists.

Does anyone know if Marx says anything important in Erganzungen un Veranderungeng about the fetish character of the commodities or money or anything about real abstraction? I know the two important passages Heinrich cites but I haven’t come across anything … Continue reading

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Adorno 1962 Seminar on Marx.

What follows is a rough translation a friend made for me of H.G. Backhaus’ notes from Adorno’s 1962 seminar on Marx. The notes are published as the appendix to Backhaus’s yet untranslated Dialektik der Wertform: Untersuchungen zur marxschen Ökonomiekritik A translation … Continue reading

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Rome Paper Final Version.

Below is the final version of the paper I delivered last week. To recreate my delivery of the paper: work yourself up into a state of sleep deprivation, crank the heat and invite three people to listen to it. The … Continue reading

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The Universal Character of the Fetish: Critical Theory and Social Crisis.

As I mentioned previously I’ve spent the last few days writing a paper for the 5th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome.  My research topic includes Marx and The first generation of the Frankfurt School. So I have been to … Continue reading

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Marx on Money in The Grundrisse.

In comments on the post on Kratke’s talk, I mentioned what I view as the importance of Marx’s comments on money in The Grundrisse. I didn’t quote any of them.  But Mike B was kind enough to provide some of … Continue reading

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De Brosses, Marx and Fetishism.

Some rough thoughts I’ve had on the parallels between De Brosses’ theory of fetishism and Marx’s use of this theory in his critique of political economy:             William Pietz provides a history of the concept of fetishism. Pietz’s history traces … Continue reading

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