[OPE-L:8272] totality

From: Christopher Arthur (cjarthur@waitrose.com)
Date: Fri Jan 03 2003 - 13:10:06 EST

Re 8229 from Michael
"The movement of value as capital is the movement of capitalist society itself
in its production, circulation, distribution and consumption. Through value as
a social relation, capitalist society itself is able to be a certain kind of
totality with an "inner connection" ("innerer Zusammenhang") which mobilizes
all beings, both humans and things. I call this structure of essence the
Gewinnst (roughly: the win), a concept not to be found in Marx."

This is in effect a PS to my note on essence.

If by structure of essence you are implicitly referring to Hegel then this
could only be a totality in the weak sense of a relational totality. It
could not be the subject of the verb "mobilises"; only an Hegelian Idea can
"mobilise all beings"

This notion of totality also relates to the false antithesis you have
continually posed between a  basic starting point and anarchy of many
starting points. You need to remmeber Hegel taught us we do not need a
starting point (except expositionally of course) when we have a totality
that posits its own presuppositions. I think Nicky pointed this out
earlier. Thus we can take the manifold of commodities, or value, or the
class relation, or many other 'Starting points' but crucial is to show how
the system posits these presuppositions in its own movement.


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