Re: [OPE-L] Karl Korsch

From: Christopher Arthur (arthurcj@WAITROSE.COM)
Date: Sun Apr 15 2007 - 10:07:23 EDT

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On 11 Apr 2007, at 19:22, Dogan Goecmen wrote:

> In *Marxism and Philosophy* Karl Korsch says Marxian critique of 
> political economy is at the same time a deeper critique of philosophy 
> than was in early Marxian writings. How can we make a sense of this?
> Thanks for replies
> Dogan
> "A radical critique of bourgeois society can no longer start from 
> ‘any’ form of theoretical or practical consciousness whatever, as Marx 
> thought as late as 1843. It must start from the particular forms of 
> consciousness which have found their scientific expression in the 
> political economy of bourgeois society. Consequently the critique of 
> political economy is theoretically and practically the first priority. 
> Yet even this deeper and more radical version of Marx’s revolutionary 
> critique of society never ceases to be a critique of the whole of 
> bourgeois society and so of all its forms of consciousness. It may 
> seem as if Marx and Engels were later to criticise philosophy only in 
> an occasional and haphazard manner. In fact, far from neglecting the 
> subject, they actually developed their critique of it in a more 
> profound and radical direction. For proof, it is only necessary to 
> re-establish the full revolutionary meaning of Marx’s critique of 
> political economy, as against certain mistaken ideas about it which 
> are common today. This may also serve to clarify both its place in the 
> whole system of Marx’s critique of society, and its relation to his 
> critique of ideologies like philosophy."
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