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Author’S Preface To The English Edition

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This book presents several distinctive features in relation to other works of its kind. At the level of philology, it rejects certain biases that are (still) too widespread. First of all, the tendency to present the Marxian corpus as a coherent ensemble, in some sense co-present in the mind of its author, as if ‘Marx’s thought’ existed in such a way that every fragment of this (sacred) text could be illuminated by another. At the theoretical level, the book is entirely oriented to deciphering the juridical, political and ideological dimension that is imminent in the economic relationship itself, the idea that it is here, above all, that Marx was an innovator, the discoverer of a new ‘continent’. It anticipates in this way the ‘institutionalist’ reading of Marxist theory that is today taking shape, providing it with both a theoretical foundation and a philological support.

Keywords: Marxist theory; philology; sacred text

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