shmage at pipeline.com
Sun Feb 17 13:51:59 MST 2013
On Feb 17, 2013, at 3:23 PM, Angelus Novus wrote:
> ... Marx's own stated intent was to write a "critique of political
> economy." That's even the subtitle of his book...
More likely, the subtitle is intended to state the place Marx intended
his book to have in intellectual history--as a successor (mediated by
their Hegelian critique) to the Critiques of Immanuel Kant. "Kritik"
had to be in the subtitle because "Critique of Political Economy" had
already been used in the title of his 1859 volume, which stands in the
same relation to the three volumes of Das Kapital as "Prolegomena to
any future metaphysic that would rank as a science" stands to the
"Critique of Pure Reason" (and as "Foundations of the Metaphysic of
Morals" to the "Critique of Practical Reason").
Marx's *stated* intent was what he stated it to be in the preface to
the first edition of Das Kapital: "It is the ultimate aim of this work
to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society."
"All things are an equal exchange for fire and fire for all things,
as goods are for gold and gold for goods."
Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr, 90
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