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7 Lost in Translation: Once Again on the Marx–Hegel Connection

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This chapter deals in steps with the Marx-Hegel connection in Capital. The first step, surveys the most relevant positions in shaping the writer's own views. The second step reviews Marx's criticisms of Hegel and considers the debate within the International Symposium on Marxian Theory (ISMT). The third step argues that it is exactly Hegel's idealism which made the Stuttgart philosopher crucial for the understanding of the capital relation. The chapter considers Colletti's reading of Marx-Hegel, and also some converging considerations by Backhaus in his perspective on the dialectic of the form of value. Marx's capital as self-valorising value is confirmed as akin to Hegel's Absolute Idea, seeking to actualise itself while reproducing its own entire conditions of existence. For 150 years after the first edition of the first volume of Capital the 'translation' of Marx into Ricardo lost the essential Hegelian systematic dialectic so embedded in the book.

Keywords: Backhaus; Colletti; Hegelian systematic dialectic; idealism; International Symposium on Marxian Theory (ISMT); Marx-Hegel connection; Ricardo



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