Re: [OPE-L] Marx and philosophy

From: GERALD LEVY (gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Fri Nov 09 2007 - 07:18:28 EST

>As you can see, in the original German there is NO MENTION of "inevitable
>results" ("unvermeidliche Resultaten"). Literally, what Marx says is "It is
>a question of these laws themselves, of these tendencies working with iron
>necessity and winning through."


Even if you take out the word "inevitable" you still have the expression
"iron necessity".

>If there are "tensions", they are tensions within the capitalist system,
>resulting out of the fact that this system generates all sorts of mutually
>contradictory tendencies which must be constantly mediated in one way or

There are, in my view, both types of tensions: i.e. tensions which arise
of the inherent contradictory character of the real subject matter and
which occur - for various reasons - within a person's conceptions.

>"Capitalism" and the "capitalist mode of production" are not identical
>expressions. "

That depends on how you define the terms.

>The first volume of Das Kapital is subtitled "The process of production of
>capital", the second one "the process of the circulation of capital", and
>the third one "The process of capitalist production as a whole". Clearly,
>the "whole" in this case is the "whole" of the capitalist mode of
>production, defined, as Marx himself says, as the unity of the production
>process and the circulation process, <...>

The (sub-) whole - the subject of _Capital_ - is capital.  After
examining the subject of capital (as simple unity), the *next question*
to be examined (according to Marx) is a constitutive element of the
CMP -- the major *classes*  associated with the CMP.  The state, and hence
trade and the world market, also form constutive parts of the CMP.

In solidarity, Jerry

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