Re: [OPE-L] Alienated and abstract labour

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Thu Jun 21 2007 - 10:16:28 EDT

>Another request for help.
>Does anyone know of discussions of the relation between the alienated or
>estranged labour of the 1844 Ms and the abstract labour of Capital?
>Many thanks,
>     John

Looking forward to what others say,  John.

  I do know where I would look to see whether the connection has been
made (but no promises!)-- Istvan Meszaros Marx's Theory of
Alienation,  Michel Henry Karl Marx, Moishe Postone Time Labor and
Social Domination, and of course Chris Arthur Dialectic of Labour.

There is a new book by Bruno Gulli titled Labor of Fire (Temple
University Press); haven't read it yet, first chapter seems to be on
the Manuscripts, seems to connect the early concept of labor to the
later works.

I have also been wanting to read Michael Evans' essay on the Paris
Manuscripts, but I can't remember where it was published.  Marcuse's
early essays have been published in a volume Heideggerian Marxism,
ed. John Abromeit and Richard Wolin. I would like to reread Marcuse's
analysis of the Paris Manuscripts written soon after they had been

And to make the argument for a connection one would probably have to
critique Ranciere's argument for a break from the Paris Manuscripts.
I hear third or fourth hand that Ranciere dismisses the chapter
missing from the English translation of Reading Capital as a
schoolboy exercise (the chapter was translated in a volume edited by
Ali Rattansi).  His later patricide of Althusser is well known.  But
he was obviously a very smart schoolboy.


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