Re: (OPE-L) RE: Systematic Dialectics and the Presentation of Historical Detail in Volume I of _Capital_

From: Andrew Brown (Andrew@LUBS.LEEDS.AC.UK)
Date: Mon Mar 29 2004 - 06:05:30 EST

Hi Jerry

I guess the the ordering of Fine / Saad-Filho's short book likely to
be different to 'Capital' itself. I'd have to think, in any case, about
the whole issue of 'order' when it comes to historical material. This
is because systematic dialectics helps us think about order of
systematic material but there is no such body of work re
incorporation of historical material. Ilyenkov and Zeleny would be
too useful sources here, I guess.


On 27 Mar 2004 at 13:51, Gerald A. Levy wrote:

> Hi Andy.
> A short addendum to our prior discussion:
> > Well, I have pointed to an ongoing general tradition in part
> > initiated by Ben Fine which has established a range of positions
> > clearly at odds with Hegel-inspired systematic dialectics.
> You have argued that the length of the historical sections on
> the working day and primitive accumulation have significance
> for Marx's project in Volume I.   I interpret this as _also_ meaning
> that conceptually these topics belong in Volume I.  Correct?
> It's interesting to note in this connection that in the latest edition
> of _Marx's Capital_ by Fine and (OPE-Ler, Alfredo) Saad-Filho the
> subjects of primitive accumulation and the historical development of
> capitalist production are presented after the Volume II topics of the
> circuit of industrial capital and the reproduction schemes.
> Have Ben and Alfredo, from your perspective, mis-stepped?
> In solidarity, Jerry

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