Category Archives: Value

Marx im Westen

Those who can read German should read Ingo Elbe’s Marx im Westen, which is now available for free online.

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The Fetishcharacter of Gold and the personification of Hearst.

This fucking Scene, man. Pure fucking Marx. The perversion of the money fetish with Hearst as its personification:

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Ingo Elbe Translation Project

Please circulate widely: Ingo Elbe’s Marx im Westen is the authoritative theoretical history of West German Marxist Theory providing a brilliant and lucid account of the intricacies of the debates over Marx’s theory of Value, the State Derivation debate and … Continue reading

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Determinacy for Itself − the Measure in Hegel and Marx

What follows marks the first in what I hope will be a series of posts by other contributors to this blog. The series starts with a copy of a paper delivered by Frank Engster at the 2012 Annual Historical Materialism … Continue reading

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Althusser on Capital: Abstraction and Presentation.

Two innaresting paragraph’s from Althusser’s preface to Capital: ‘scientific abstraction is not at all ‘abstract’, quite the contrary. E.g., when Marx speaks of the total social capital, no one can ‘touch it with- his hands’ ; when Marx speaks of … Continue reading

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Now open for submissions.

This blog was originally set up in conjunction with my thesis. With any luck, that stage of research will soon be over. So I have been thinking of ways to keep this blog going without it loosing any (or more) … Continue reading

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Ranciere’s Contribution to Lire le Capital.

Here’s a shitty scan of the whole of Ranciere’s contribution to Lire le Capital.  For my money the first three parts have one of the best discussions of the difference between the early and late Marx in terms of the … Continue reading

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Ranciere on Alienation and Abstraction.

Ranciere makes an excellent point about the conflation of abstraction and alienation qua essence in thought in what follows, which might also serve as grounds for a critique of Hegelian-Marxism: ‘The concept of abstraction in the anthropological critique is the … Continue reading

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The concept of ‘critique’ and the ‘critique of political economy’ (from the 1844 Manuscript to Capital)

Ranciere’s contribution to Lire le Capital was left out of the English translation of Reading Capital. This is a shame, since as Elbe points out, Ranciere’s interpretation of critique and the genesis of value have important parallels with the early work of … Continue reading

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The Neue Engels Lektüre

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