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The Economy In General And Historical Materialism

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The discourse of Capital is articulated to a variety of more general notions and ideas that constitute its presuppositions. This chapter shows how a re-examination of this kind leads to a radical re-reading of Marx’s discourse, and can contribute in this way to the current debate concerning the foundations of his theory of capitalist production. The text of the Grundrisse introduces almost all the determinations to be found in the corresponding section of Capital: activity, raw material, instrument, object, result, precondition, objectified (past) labour, product. The chapter examines the most abstract categories with which Capital commences, those defining the two ‘factors of the commodity’ and the ‘double character of labour’. The appearance of Sraffa’s system brought reflection on the categories of Capital to a critical point.

Keywords: capitalist production; Grundrisse; Marx’s discourse; Sraffa's system



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