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8. The Time of Surplus-Labour or Absolute Surplus-Value

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Surplus-value appears first of all as that amount of the commodity's value that exceeds the value of the labour-power consumed during the production of this commodity. This chapter specifies the modalities of growth of absolute surplus-value. This allows one to examine some determinations of the surface such as they appear in the sphere of production. Constant capital can be distinguished from variable capital by the way in it participates in the value of the new product. Capital's immanent tendency to prolong the time of surplus-labour up to the physiological limits of the day, the tendency to temporally extend the negation of man who becomes, in the sphere of production, both consumable commodity and the medium of a foreign organism, is frustrated, moderated and negated by the reaction of the working-class that draws its legitimacy from the sphere of circulation.

Keywords: absolute surplus-value; commodity's value; constant capital; surplus-labour; variable capital



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