Re: [OPE-L] Marxian trivia question

From: Diego Guerrero (diego.guerrero@CPS.UCM.ES)
Date: Sun Mar 19 2006 - 16:37:54 EST

Hi Paul,

Do you know this?

Alcouffe, A. (1985). "Marx, Hegel et le calcul. Quelques repères", en Les
manuscrits mathématiques de Marx. Étude et Présentation, Paris: Économica,
1985, pp. 11-109.

Alcouffe, Alain (ed.) (1985): Les manuscrits mathématiques de Marx,
Économica, París.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Bullock" <paulbullock@EBMS-LTD.CO.UK>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2006 10:18 PM
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Marxian trivia question

> Which independent discovery did marx make in mathematics. 1000 pages of
> notes were left, published in the USSR in Russian, and a selection was
> once
> pub'd in English by ( I think New Park Pubs in London). But if anyone can
> give me refs to any articles that actually look at this work I should be
> grateful.
> Paul Bullock
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jerry Levy" <Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM>
> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:30 PM
> Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Marxian trivia question
>> [Tuesday, March 14 marked the 123rd anniversary of the death
>> of Karl Marx.   In the year 2117 the world will remember Marx
>> on the occasion of  the 234th anniversary.]
>> A:  It will be 111 years before the anniversary of Marx's death
>> once again will numerically be in an exactly ascending sequence.
>> In solidarity, Jerry
>> Frederick Engels' Speech at the Grave of Karl Marx
>> Highgate Cemetery, London. March 17, 1883
>> On the 14th of March, at a quarter to three in the afternoon, the
>> greatest living thinker ceased to think. He had been left alone for
>> scarcely two minutes, and when we came back we found him in his
>> armchair, peacefully gone to sleep -- but for ever.
>> An immeasurable loss has been sustained both by the militant
>> proletariat of Europe and America, and by historical science, in the
>> death of this man. The gap that has been left by the departure of
>> this mighty spirit will soon enough make itself felt.
>> Just as Darwin discovered the law of development or organic nature,
>> so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the
>> simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that
>> mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing,
>> before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.; that
>> therefore the production of the immediate material means, and
>> consequently the degree of economic development attained by a given
>> people or during a given epoch, form the foundation upon which the
>> state institutions, the legal conceptions, art, and even the ideas
>> on religion, of the people concerned have been evolved, and in the
>> light of which they must, therefore, be explained, instead of vice
>> versa, as had hitherto been the case.
>> But that is not all. Marx also discovered the special law of motion
>> governing the present-day capitalist mode of production, and the
>> bourgeois society that this mode of production has created. The
>> discovery of surplus value suddenly threw light on the problem, in
>> trying to solve which all previous investigations, of both bourgeois
>> economists and socialist critics, had been groping in the dark.
>> Two such discoveries would be enough for one lifetime. Happy the man
>> to whom it is granted to make even one such discovery. But in every
>> single field which Marx investigated -- and he investigated very
>> many fields, none of them superficially -- in every field, even in
>> that of mathematics, he made independent discoveries.
>> Such was the man of science. But this was not even half the man.
>> Science was for Marx a historically dynamic, revolutionary force.
>> However great the joy with which he welcomed a new discovery in some
>> theoretical science whose practical application perhaps it was as
>> yet quite impossible to envisage, he experienced quite another kind
>> of joy when the discovery involved immediate revolutionary changes
>> in industry, and in historical development in general. For example,
>> he followed closely the development of the discoveries made in the
>> field of electricity and recently those of Marcel Deprez.
>> For Marx was before all else a revolutionist. His real mission in
>> life was to contribute, in one way or another, to the overthrow of
>> capitalist society and of the state institutions which it had
>> brought into being, to contribute to the liberation of the modern
>> proletariat, which he was the first to make conscious of its own
>> position and its needs, conscious of the conditions of its
>> emancipation. Fighting was his element. And he fought with a
>> passion, a tenacity and a success such as few could rival. His work
>> on the first Rheinische Zeitung (1842), the Paris Vorwarts (1844),
>> the Deutsche Brusseler Zeitung (1847), the Neue Rheinische Zeitung
>> (1848-49), the New York Tribune (1852-61), and, in addition to
>> these, a host of militant pamphlets, work in organisations in Paris,
>> Brussels and London, and finally, crowning all, the formation of the
>> great International Working Men's Association -- this was indeed an
>> achievement of which its founder might well have been proud even if
>> he had done nothing else.
>> And, consequently, Marx was the best hated and most calumniated man
>> of his time. Governments, both absolutist and republican, deported
>> him from their territories. Bourgeois, whether conservative or ultra-
>> democratic, vied with one another in heaping slanders upon him. All
>> this he brushed aside as though it were a cobweb, ignoring it,
>> answering only when extreme necessity compelled him. And he died
>> beloved, revered and mourned by millions of revolutionary fellow
>> workers -- from the mines of Siberia to California, in all parts of
>> Europe and America -- and I make bold to say that, though he may
>> have had many opponents, he had hardly one personal enemy.
>> His name will endure through the ages, and so also will his work.

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