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Theorisation of ‘more productive’ labour offered a coherent logical matrix corresponding to the requirements of historical materialism, with its organisation in terms of structure and tendency. Abstract labour’ simultaneously opens up the space of economics and the space of class struggle, as a single ‘political-economic’ space. The classical economists had no conception of ‘expenditure’ because they had no conception of compulsion. The legitimate use of the theory is thus only strategic: it is an instrument of analysis supplied for the struggle against the system, but offers no guarantee as to its future. Considered as a whole, the method of exposition of Capital, which is defined as the development of the theoretical object from abstract to concrete, is inspired by Hegel’s Logic. The theorisation of the ideological breaks out from abstract to concrete throughout a process of exposition without a subject.

Keywords: classical economists; Hegel’s logic; productive labour



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