Re: [OPE-L] Enrique D. Dussel's writings online

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Tue Apr 05 2005 - 10:34:57 EDT

Re: The four drafts of capital: toward a new interpretation of the
dialectical thought of Marx, Enrique Dussel. Rethinking Marxism, Vol.
13, Number 1 (spring 2001)

I can't agree with Enrique Dussel's argument that the fundamental
distinction in Marx's work is that between objectified and living
labor. Dussel has to say that Marx did not realize such ("and without
Marx himself realizing it") because as he knows Marx claimed the
pivot of his critical conception to be his innovative distinction
between abstract and concrete labor. Obviously that is the pivot for
his disclosing of the dazzling money form.

It is interesting that Althusser too spent little time on this pivot;
he focused on the problem of holding surplus value independent of its
forms. Moishe Postone does take Marx at his word about the pivot of
his critical conception.


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