[OPE-L:64] RE: Agreement on moving forward?

Michael A. Lebowitz (mlebowit@sfu.ca)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 21:44:46 -0700

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In message Sun, 17 Sep 1995 14:49:30 -0700, glevy@acnet.pratt.edu writes:

> All but two list members have written something in the last six days on
> where to begin. The majority opinion seems to be that we can begin with a
> critical examination of Marx's last plans for _Capital_ (the prefaces and
> postfaces to VI).
> If there is anyone who strongly objects to this procedure, please
> articulate your objections to the list so that we can decide and move
> forward.

I'm not strongly objecting but am wondering what plans these are. Aside
from the brief reference to Vols 2-4 (the last being the history of the
theory) in the Preface, there doesn't appear to be much there--- or, am I
missing something?
My own preference is to start (as Jim Devine proposed) with the "big
(1) Begin with the list of 6 books that Marx projected in 1858 and try to
understand the logic behind this conception.
(2) Consider the evidence as to whether Marx changed or scuttled this
original plan--- and try to understand why.
(3) Consider the plan for CAPITAL.

Having said this, I'm quite happy to accept any proposal.
Michael A. Lebowitz
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