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6 On Hegel’s Methodological Legacy in Marx

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This chapter focuses on the structure of Marx's theory of capital from the Grundrisse to the 'final' version of Capital and argues that we can find a development, which corresponds to the following pattern: universality, particularity, singularity; it evidently recalls Hegel's theory of judgement and syllogism. It shows how, from a partially abstract 'application' of the structure universal, particular, singular, Marx moves to a dialectically more consistent formulation of it. Marx talked about accumulation within the framework of capital in general already in the 1857-8 Manuscript; however, he dealt not with capitalistic accumulation proper, but rather primitive accumulation. In Marx's original plan, one of the distinguishing elements between universality and particularity was the relationship one/many capitals. In the 1863-5 Manuscript, for the first time Marx wrote Capital according to the 'final' three-volume plan.

Keywords: Grundrisse; Hegel; manuscripts; Marx; universality



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