Friday, August 8, 2008


Capital vol. 1 is all its cracked up to be, and more. Its a remarkable, rich, work that is much more complex then the reductivist Marxist schema you may have encountered as an undergrad. I am on my lunch break now, so I will post more about its complexity and contemporary relevance later. Until then I encourage everyone to watch noted Marxian scholar David Harvey's lectures on Capital and check out the rough theory blog. Both offer brilliant close readings from different perspectives demonstrating the full range of Marx's genius.

1 comment:

decomposition said...

Thanks for the link.

I like this excerpt:
" I take Marx, in other words, to think that Capital shows how the critical categories Marx wields are generated in social practice - and thus shows how these critical categories are therefore themselves the products of a contingently-emergent form of collective life. Having established this, however - having shown the process of practical constitution of his own critical categories - Marx is not troubled by the practice of using those categories - of building or constructing something out of them - even of applying those categories to other times and places - in order to think about times before and, most importantly, times after, the capitalist context that provided the contingent ground for our subjective recognition that such categories are possible - as long as this application is recognised as a speculative move, from a situated standpoint, and not fetishistically confused for the discovery of a timeless truth."