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Sohn-Rethel Selected Works

Alfred Sohn-Rethel’s Selected Works The Historical Materialism book series at Brill is initiating a project to translate and publish Alfred Sohn-Rethel’s most important work. Alfred Sohn-Rethel (1899-1990) was a Marxian economist and philosopher. He is best known for developing the … 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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Real Abstraction in 1861-63 II

Yowza: “the cause of the value of a commodity or of the fact that two commodities are equivalent are the circumstances which cause the seller, or perhaps both the buyer and the seller, to consider something to be the value … Continue reading

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Real Abstraction in 1861-63.

Sheeeeeiiiitttt. I really wish I had found this passage before I handed the thesis over to the copy editor. Following Reichelt and Backhaus who describe Adorno as having an intuitive knowledge of Marx’s theory of value, you might say that … Continue reading

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Commodity Form Analysis and Contingency.

In the course of a conversation I had last night with someone working on an article on real abstraction and counter intuition I had a thought about how contingency might be factored into commodity form analysis. Without going into too … Continue reading

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Alfred Sohn-Rethel Articles.

Long shot but does anyone have Pdfs or hard copies they can make into pdfs of the following Alfred Sohn-Rethel articles: ‘The Advocacy of Materialism’, The Modern Quarterly, New Series, Vol. 3, no.1, Winter 1947/8 (Lawrence & Wishart). ‘Historical-Materialist Theory … Continue reading

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Sohn-Rethel on Communism.

Indicative of one of the reasons people only talk about the first part of the Intellectual and Manual Labour. The last line of the paragraph reads: ‘Acting in unison the direct producers could dispose of the capitalist management and take … Continue reading

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Sohn Rethel Scan.

Spending part of this weekend scanning some of Sohn-Rethel’s annotated texts. Below is the most extensive annotation in the English edition of Intellectual and Manual Labour. It reads: To the salesman and the customer this is the all important difference … Continue reading

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German Speaking Sohn Rethel Readers.

I’m in the process of putting together a proposal for an edited collection of writings by Alfred Sohn Rethel. Part of this process is soliciting advice about what should be translated. If any readers of this blog would be so … Continue reading

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