[OPE-L:147] Re: Artistic whole?

Paul Zarembka (ECOPAULZ@ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu)
Tue, 26 Sep 1995 19:58:06 -0700

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On Tue, 26 Sep 1995 glevy@acnet.pratt.edu wrote:

> In Mike L's long post, he quoted a letter from Marx to Engels (7/31/1865)
> which referred to Marx's view that his published writings represent a
> "artistic whole, and this can only be achieved through my practice of
> never having things printed until I have them before me in their entirety."
> There was certainly artistry in Marx's work, but the idea that CAPITAL
> represents a "fully elaborated system" is not credible given the
> analytical gaps in the work and the incomplete nature of the manuscripts
> pieced together by Engels.

Hey, what do we expect of one single human being? Probably Marx hadn't
meant that he could explain everything before he published anything.

Aren't we back where we started from? We're supposed to be building, not
tearing apart.

Paul Zarembka, SUNY at Buffalo