Re: [OPE-L] re the 6 book plan

From: ajit sinha (sinha_a99@YAHOO.COM)
Date: Mon Sep 11 2006 - 10:12:43 EDT

Mike, I don't have access to either the book or the
journal right now. But I would love to read your
Deutscher Lecture, if you could send me an electronic
copy--may be that could provide some food for thought
for further discussion on this topic. ajit

--- "michael a. lebowitz" <mlebowit@SFU.CA> wrote:

> At 07:01 11/09/2006, Ajit wrote:
> Hi Ajit,
>          Good to hear your 'voice' again.
> >__________________
> >Mike L and I had a long debate on this question on
> >pen-l way back in 1991-92 (if my memory serves me
> >right). I think Lapides' book on Marx's Wage
> Theory--a
> >book I was quite critical of in my review in
> >RRPE--makes some good points against the 6 book
> plan
> >thesis. Now I'm not interested in Marxological
> debate
> >on this question.
>          I'm not either these days, Ajit. Far more
> interesting to me
> is the question of possible implications of missing
> books--- whether
> or not Marx planned them. In the 2nd edition of
> Beyond CAPITAL, I end
> my chapter on the question of the missing book on
> wage-labour with
> the explicit statement, 'The central issue is not at
> all whether Marx
> intended to write a book on wage-labour. If he had
> not mentioned it,
> we would still need to write it' (50).
>   (I have not seen the 2nd edition and don't know
> >if there has been any substantial changes).
> However, I
> >don't think CAPITAL could be written from any other
> >point of view.
> The changes are very substantial, and I'd like to
> recall all existing
> copies of the 1st edition. In particular, there are
> several new
> chapters, and the new Chapter 6, 'Wages', is
> particularly significant
> and introduces important points from the 1861-63
> Economic
> Manuscripts. On the question of the implication of
> the assumption in
> CAPITAL (and particularly Ch 12 on the concept of
> relative surplus
> value) of a given standard of necessity, you should
> see now my 'The
> Politics of Assumption, the Assumption of Politics',
> my Deutscher
> Lecture now published in the latest Historical
> Materialism; I
> consider this an important piece, which develops
> substantially my
> argument 'about the inadequacy of Marx's formulation
> of relative
> surplus value' which Tony Smith (or his evil twin
> John) called 'a
> major contribution to Marxian thought.' (I think you
> would agree that
> this raises significant questions about CAPITAL
> itself.) As for the
> political implications, developed further in the two
> new concluding
> chapters, you'll be able to see them set out in my
> forthcoming
> response to points raised in the Historical
> Materialism symposium on
> Beyond CAPITAL also in the current issue.
>          in solidarity,
>          michael
> Michael A. Lebowitz
> Professor Emeritus
> Economics Department
> Simon Fraser University
> Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6
> Currently based in Venezuela. Can be reached at
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