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2 Capital Breeds: Interest-Bearing Capital as Purely Abstract Form

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Roman Rosdolsky describes Marx's Grundrisse manuscripts as making 'massive reference' to Hegel's Science of Logic (SL). Taking on the 'Rosdolsky challenge' would involve solving the problem of just how to go about providing citations amid such 'massive reference'. This chapter provides an illustration of the value of the empirical approach of philological exegesis in examining the relationship of Marx's Grundrisse to Hegel's SL. It chooses a nettlesome transition in the Grundrisse from profit-bearing capital to interest-bearing capital in illustrating just how tightly Marx weaves SL into the fabric of the manuscripts. In preparing the transition, Marx describes capital as 'self-reproducing and multiplying' and, as such, perennial. Finally, the chapter claims that one can meet the 'Rosdolsky challenge' only by 'dropping a footnote' for each and every transition in the Grundrisse manuscripts as making 'massive reference' to SL, a truly daunting task.

Keywords: Grundrisse manuscripts; Hegel; interest-bearing capital; Marx; Roman Rosdolsky; Science of Logic (SL)



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