[OPE-L:4273] re: Marx's unpublished writings

Paul Cockshot (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)
Mon, 3 Mar 1997 06:56:17 -0800 (PST)

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> In short, the central point raised by Heinrich's reading of the two
> manuscripts side- by-side is that we've been mistaken about the integrity
> Volume III, that "Engel's edition can no longer be considered to be
> III of Marx's Capital." Ie., Marx's Vol. III is one of his unpublished
> works, and Engels' version has lower status than works unpublished in
> Marx's lifetime like the Grundrisse, 1861-3 Mss, etc--- precisely because
> it has been altered in significant ways not revealed by Engels.

Why does the status of a document go higher or lower depending upon whether
Marx or Engels wrote it. Surely the criterion should be more how logically
coherent, theoretically elegant and empirically accurate it is?