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The Method Of Exposition And The Hegelian Heritage

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This chapter discusses, in broad lines, the questions at issue concerning Marx's method of exposition: the reasons for rejecting a 'logico-historical reading', the foundations and difficulties of a 'categorial' reading, and the recent discussion on 'capital in general'. It analyzes the connection with the ‘transition from money to capital’, the nature of the progression or development of the exposition. Surplus-value can only constitute the general relationship of capital and labour if values are ‘transformed’ into prices of production. The chapter shows how the Hegelian inheritance of a dialectical form of exposition, the figures that involves and certain anthropological themes that intervene, present an obstacle to the development of the analysis, at least at certain stages in the elaboration, to the point of obscuring certain aspects or rendering them enigmatic – even to the general meaning of the theory.

Keywords: Hegelian inheritance; Marx's method; surplus-value



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