Category Archives: valueformtheory

Postone’s Necessity, Labor and Time

Not to go full hipster but I do prefer Postone’s 1978 article Necessity, Labor and Time to Time, Labor and Social Domination. Currently working on an article that reads the two of them together. Check it out for yourself in … Continue reading

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Backhaus on Fetishism

“The subject of my work is basically only one thing: the problem of fetishism. It presents itself in three ways: as the the objectivity of the economic object, then as the problem of its contradictory structure, ie as the problem … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Reconstruction

I have been thinking about the following passage from Werner Bonefeld’s Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy for some time: Helmut Reichelt is right when he argues that the time has come to reconsider the purpose of reconstruction, … Continue reading

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Backhaus Translation Fund

Please contribute to this effort to raise $ 6,600 to translate Backhaus’ Dialectic of the Value-Form.

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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 Process of Domination Spews out Tatters of Subjugated Nature”: Culture and Capital in Adorno and the New German Reading of Marx.

“The Process of Domination Spews out Tatters of Subjugated Nature”: Culture and Capital in Adorno and the New German Reading of Marx.[1]   Despite the formative influence he had on the formation of the New Left, contemporary evaluations of Adorno’s … Continue reading

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HM Critical Theory Stream

Stream on Critical Theory: “How the Commodity Form Dies” Historical Materialism Conference 2014 “How Capitalism Survives” Eleventh Annual Historical Materialism London Conference – 6-9 November 2014 – Vernon Square, Central London More than ever the theoretical implications of Marx’s theory … Continue reading

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Marxist Humanism, Anti-Humanism and Negative Humanism.

I’m currently working on revising the HM paper on Ranciere I posted here several months ago. What began with a simple plan to touch up and expand a few bits that quickly compare Ranciere’s contribution to Reading Capital to Backhaus … Continue reading

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A Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism and its Crisis: Demystifying Finance Booklaunch

This looks excellent: Book launch A Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism and its Crisis: Demystifying Finance Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos (The Open University Business School, UK) John Milios (National Technical University of Athens) Spyros Lapatsioras (University of Crete) Discussion Panel Janette … Continue reading

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