[OPE-L:3354] Re: Critique

From: JERRY LEVY (jlevy@sescva.esc.edu)
Date: Thu May 25 2000 - 16:01:47 EDT

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Another question on John H's [OPE-L:2613]:

> 2) Where is the subjectivity in Capital
> book 42-48. Presence of the negated subject protesting against
> our negation.

What does the reference to "book 42-48" mean? I assume that it must
mean something other than Chs. 42-48 of Volume 3 since that mostly
concerns rent, but I can't figure out what it does refer to?

As for the issue of definitions and struggles against definitions,
your recent exchange with Paul Z helped me understand your position
better and I don't think there is a big difference between us on
this issue. I think, though, that we have to say something more
about what we are struggling for than "a self-determining society",
but that is another subject for discussion.

On critique, I would say that *even without* the existence of
fetishism (as, for example, in non-capitalist modes of production)
"the only way we can possibly develop a theory of society is
critically". Indeed, I find that to be quite an uncontroversial
statement. But, I don't think it really captures what Marx
considered to be the meaning of and need for critique.

In solidarity, Jerry

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