[Marxism] Heinrich

Shane Mage 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."

Shane Mage

"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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