Re: [OPE-L] Ch. 7 as starting point for reading Capital???

From: Riccardo Bellofiore (riccardo.bellofiore@UNIBG.IT)
Date: Wed Jun 20 2007 - 12:36:26 EDT


I think we all agree on what you remind us: anyhow, I agree.

The point discussed is, I think, if Marx ever 
could have thought of giving the reader the 
advice to skip the first chapters. I strongly 
doubt that.

But I am intrigued by the point about Marx advice 
about the chapter order to "ladies" . Do you know 
something about that?

Probably you know  Oscar Wilde, "The importance 
of being Earnest", where "Mrs Prism instructed 
her pupil Cecily that in reading  her manual in 
political economy, 'The chapter on the Fall of 
the Rupee  you may omit. It is somewhat too 


At 16:23 +0100 20-06-2007, Christopher Arthur wrote:
>We know why he did not begin with ch 7:
>  'In order to develop the concept of capital it 
>is necessary to begin not with labour but with 
>value, or, more precisely, with exchange value 
>already developed in the movement of 
>(MEGA II/3.1 p. 28; CW 30 p. 20.)
>Chris A
>17 Bristol Road
>BN2 1AP
>On 20 Jun 2007, at 01:17, John Holloway wrote:
>>A request for help.
>>I think someone on this list (Rakesh, perhaps?) made a comment once about
>>Althusser advising people to start reading Capital from ch.7. Is this right?
>>Does anyone have a reference, or even a quote?
>>Many thanks if you can help me on this.

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