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The Start Of The Exposition And Its Development

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This chapter proposes to analyse how Marx gradually overcame certain flagrant ambiguities that the earlier versions display, aspects that are aberrant in relation to the general theory at work there. These incoherences follow from the interference between certain a priori conceptions of the theoretical order, borrowed from Hegel’s Logic, and the particular constraints of the ‘specific logic of the specific object’. The concept of value, its definition by socially necessary labour-time, thus owes its pertinence to the law of value understood as the law of the market. The category of extra surplus-value must be defined as the application to the theory of surplus-value of certain constitutive elements of the theory of value, more precisely those that define the competitive situation within a branch, as implied by this abstract market structure to which the ‘law of value’ in the specific sense refers.

Keywords: constitutive elements; Hegel’s logic; labour-time; Marx



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