[OPE-L:3183] Re: Marx's starting point

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Sun May 14 2000 - 09:14:19 EDT

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"[Marx would] be the first to agree that you must never judge someone on
the basis of his own self-conscious image, but on the basis of the whole
process which, behind this consciousness, produces it" (Althusser, "Is it
Simple to be a Marxist in Philisophy", p. 178-79)

This passage is similar to Ajit's but a "softer" version, because, above,
what the author meant is not irrelevant.

Paul Z.

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Ajit Sinha <ajitsinha@lbsnaa.ernet.in> said, on 05/13/00 at 06:00 PM:

>Most of you are interested in reading
>an author, in this case Marx, as a subject. You are interested in getting
>into his mind, so to speak, to find out what was he thinking, i.e.,
>whether he meant this or that. If he was alive today, you could have
>asked him whether his commodity is the product of capital or not. And his
>answer yes or no would have settled the issue for you once and for all.
>For me that is not the case. The author is not the last arbiter of his
>book. I read a *book* or a series of books as an object that needs to be
>analyzed on its own, irrespective of what the author meant.

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