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The new dialectic

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In recent years, the logical construction of Marx's Capital has been the focus of much new research and controversy in the anglophone world. In this work, a leading role has been played by a group of European and American scholars whose distinctive approach to the reading of Capital is widely referred to as the new dialectics or the new dialectic. It is common ground in the new-dialectic reading of Capital that Marx enlists the help of Hegel's Logic to organise his argument as a series of moves involving some kind of necessity. In Hegel's Logic, the sphere of Essence, with its unresolved binary oppositions is the terrain of the negative dialectic. But, for Hegel, the negativity of Essence is only a way-station on the road to the culmination of his logic, the fundamental shift from Essence into the sphere of Begriff logic.

Keywords: Begriff logic; Hegel's logic; Marx

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