(OPE-L) _El Capital_ -- new book by Juan Inigo Carrera

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(Capital: Historical Reason, Revolutionary Subject and

by Juan Inigo Carrera

xiii + 327 pages.
Ediciones Cooperativas, Buenos Aires, 2003.
ISBN: 9871076274
Price: 24 Argentine pesos

Orders to: www.cuspide.com

Table of contents (translated):

Part I: Historical reason and revolutionary subject

Chapter 1: The historical reason to be of the capitalist mode of
production and the determination of the working-class as
revolutionary subject.

1. The question today

2. The commodity, or the productive powers of social labour
performed as private individual labour

3. Capital, or the productive powers of the doubly-free labourer

4. Relative surplus-value, or the constant revolution in the
productive subjectivity of the doubly-free labourer

5. Concentration of capital and the state, or the full development of
 the productive powers of social labour performed as private labour

6. Idealist inversions

7. The historical end of capitalism, or the working class as
revolutionary subject

Appendix I: Working-class consciousness and the development of
productive subjectivity

Appendix II: How critical political economy empties the capitalist mode
of production of its historical specificity

Part II: The concrete historical development of capital

Chapter 2: Transformations of capital accumulation. From the
national production of a universal worker to the international
fragmentation of the productive subjectivity of the working class

1. The starting point

2. The materiality of the production process and the productive
subjectivity of the worker

3. Accumulation under its classic national form

4. Handicraft skill in the machinery system and workers’ political power

5. Latent labouring surplus-population and cheap degraded
productive subjectivity

6. The national process of capital accumulation in Japan

7. The fragmentation of the working-class within classic countries

8. New sources of latent labouring surplus-population

9. International fragmentation of productive subjectivity and
differentiation in the capacity to accumulate

10. The specificity of capital accumulation in China

11. Towards general overproduction by means of the international
fragmentation of productive subjectivity

12. The manifestations of general overproduction in East Asia

13. Working-class internationalism

- Statistical Appendix

Chapter 3: The capitalist state

1. General autonomous organisation by the market and direct
organisation by the state

2. The historical specificity of the state as the political
representative of social capital

3. The development of the capitalist state as a necessary concrete
 form of the production of relative surplus-value

4. The reversion from the interventionist state to the neoliberal state
  throughout the last quarter of a century

5. The national form of capital accumulation in relation to its

5. The production of large-scale industry’s worker

6. What kind of political action for the working class today?

Chapter 4: Apropos the USSR

1. The realization of the historical powers of the capitalist mode of

2. The national form of capital accumulation

3. The ideological inversion of the absolute national centralization of
  capital as realized socialism

4. Capital's retreat from the production of an universal laborer to the
  production of a differentiated laborer

5. The revolutionary consciousness of the working class

Chapter 5: The general rate of profit and its realisation through the
differentiation of industrial capitals

1. Average industrial capital

2. The centralisation and valorisation of industrial capital in relation
 to interest-bearing capital

3. Small industrial capital

4. Release of surplus-value by small industrial capitals

5. The fragmentation of the collective worker’s productive
subjectivity based on the subsistence of small industrial capitals

6. Capital specialised in the production of an increase in the
productivity of labour

7. From the differentiation of capitals to the differentiation of the
national processes of capital accumulation

Chapter 6: Cycles and crises in capital accumulation

1. Capitalist crisis

2. Cyclical determinations of the process of social metabolism that
  arise from the determination of labour’s productivity by
fluctuations   in natural conditions

3. Cyclical determinations inherent in the commodity-form of the
general social relation

4. Cyclical determinations inherent in the capital-form of the
general social relation

4.1. Cyclical determinations arising from the mediation of individual
 capitals in the realisation of the accumulation of social capital.

4.2. Cyclical determinations that arise as necessary concrete
forms intrinsic to the accumulation of social capital as such

4.2.1. Inherent in the reproduction of social capital with a constant
productivity of labour (accumulation based on the mere production
of absolute surplus-value) Arising from the circulation of money and the development
 of credit Arising in the simple turnover of fixed capital Inherent in the necessary concrete form taken by the
establishment of general proportionality in the direct and indirect
production of instruments of labour and the rest of social production Inherent in the immediate transformation of the parts of
fixed capital that gradually return to the form of money, into new
productive capital

4.2.2. Inherent in the reproduction of social capital with an
increased productivity of labour (accumulation based on the
reproduction of relative surplus-value) Inherent in the concrete forms taken by the production of
relative surplus value from the point of view of individual capitals Inherent in the concrete forms taken by the production of
relative surplus-value from the point of view of social capital itself The tendency of the rate of profit to fall The unity of social production and social consumption
and its concrete form

5. The manifestation of the historical nature of the capitalist mode of
production in the cyclical movements of accumulation

6. An exploratory identification of the current concrete phase of
global capitalist accumulation

- Statistical Appendix

Part III: The scientific method

Chapter 7: The dialectical method. A critique of scientific theory

1. The point is to change it

2. Green is the tree of life

3. Grey is all theory...

4. The historical nature of scientific theory

5. Dialectical cognition; i.e., the organisation of action by means of
  the reproduction of one’s own necessity in thought

a) The starting point

b) Analysis

c) Matter

d) The determination of the concrete

e) The forms of free action

f) The process of dialectical cognition in its unity

g) Investigation and exposition

h) The specificity of mathematical cognition

i) The historical subject of dialectical cognition

6. Marx’s advance towards conscious revolutionary action;
Marxism’s retreat into ideology

Chapter 8: Mathematical knowledge. A critique of formal logic and

1. The specificity of quantitative determination

2. The specificity of the knowledge of quantitative determination, i.e.

3. The quantum, from sets to numbers

4. Critique of mathematical analysis (calculus)

5. The simplest development of matter into its quantitative
determination: time, space, universe, movement.

Chapter 9: The development of the dialectical method by Marx

1. The method of investigation

2. The method of exposition and its critical reading

Chapter 10: From the critique of political economy to critical
political economy. The case of Rubin and his heirs

1. The inversion of the reproduction of the concrete in thought into
logical representation; or how to present private labour as if it were
 its opposite

2. The ideological content of the inversion performed by Rubin; or
political economy as a contradiction in terms

3. The modern heirs of Rubin; or critical political economy as the
negation of the historical specificity of the revolutionary powers of
the working class

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