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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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Heinrich on Postone

A new translation of Michael Heinrich’s perceptive review of Postone’s Time Labor and Social Domination: This lopsidedness of Postone’s conception of the theory of value is continued in his concept of capital, which is developed solely from the perspective of … Continue reading

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Marx on Clocks.

It would be interesting to compare the following passage with Postone’s discussion of clocks qua his theory of abstract time, which I remember as taken from Mumford, not Marx.  The last sentence of this passage is rather hard to decipher … Continue reading

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Further on the Postone/Lukacs Homology.

In the final stretch of my thesis, which I started working on again today. Whilst revising my Lukacs chapter I came across his definition of abstract labour, which you could almost use as an epigram for Postone’s conception of it … Continue reading

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Final Notes on Postone.

I just finished TLSD. As you’ve probably noticed I had my problems with it. I don’t want to go over them in detail again as they are available elsewhere on this blog. Instead I want to focus on two points: … Continue reading

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Notes on Re-reading Postone IX: A point of clarification.

In which Postone lays out that what I am keen to see in his reconstruction of Marx are outside the bounds of his study, even though it seemed to me that this was initially what he set up: Although I … Continue reading

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Notes on Re-reading Postone VIII: The process of production.

Towards the end of part three of TLSD Postone makes it to the hidden abode of production. He does mention elements of Marx’s analysis of production such as relative surplus value and real subsumption. However, he uses these points mainly … Continue reading

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Notes on Re-reading Postone VII: Capital.

Since I’ve been knocking Postone for treating capital as a bad externalized abstraction I thought I should post how he defines capital in section three of TLSD. To be fair he does move towards substantiating why capital is an intrinsic … Continue reading

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Notes on re-reading Postone VI: Abstract Time.

I don’t get abstract time. Isn’t time as such abstract? Postone only uses the term to describe the way that time mediates activity in capitalism. Yet without spending too much time to mull it over it seems to me that … Continue reading

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Notes on re-reading Postone V: on Postone and Lukacs.

I’ve made the statement several times that I think Postone has a very Lukasian interpretation of Marx. I’ll now outline this and try to relate it to the problems I have with Postone’s idea of abstract labour.   In the … Continue reading

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