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Among the most precious resources from the intellectual legacy of the nineteenth century is Marx's work, and in particular Capital, which remains a relevant approach to economic and social reality. The object of Capital is capital itself. The latter appears as a conceptual totality, coherent, structured and displaying the characteristics of a process, for this totality contains the rules of its own becoming. Capital is a specific organisation of time obeying its own immanent criteria. The categories of the three theoretical volumes of Capital fit differently in time. Capital deals with an analysis of the process of the simple circulation of capital to the extent that simple circulation constitutes a moment of the time of production. The commodity, as a historically completed determination and part of a living organism, which is capital, is in its immediate simplicity evidence of a labour time that is different from time as human experience.

Keywords: economic reality; labour time; Marx's Capital; social reality



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