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9 ‘The Circular Course of Our Representation’: ‘Schein’, ‘Grund’ and ‘Erscheinung’ in Marx’s Economic Works

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This chapter deals with the methodological aspects of Marx's economic works, and especially with the ways he proceeds from a certain cluster of concepts of political economy as a science to other ones. It gives an overview of Marx's procedures in Capital Volume I leading to the manuscript 'Chapter VI. Results of the Immediate Process of Production' and shows how they correspond to a circular type of theory-construction. The chapter analyses Hegel's logico-categorial reconstruction of the movement of scientific knowledge from Schein via Wesen to Erscheinung as given in his Science of Logic and shows how Marx draws on Hegel's category-clusters Schein, Wesen and Erscheinung, and their orderings. Finally, the chapter gives an epistemological account of the category-pair Schein and Erscheinung with respect to Marx's economic works together with a description of the peculiarities of German syntax in relation to that pair.

Keywords: Erscheinung; German syntax; Hegel; Marx; Schein; Wesen



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