[OPE-L:1180] Re: Re: surplus production and the value-form

From: Jurriaan Bendien (djjb99@worldonline.nl)
Date: Sat Sep 11 1999 - 11:24:34 EDT

Paul Cockshott wrote:

>Marx's exposition in Capital was commodity production and capitalism, but
>his theoretically prior concern was historical materialism, see the German
>Ideology. I would say that the logical exposition starting from the commodity
>was, in Capital, an order of exposition not an order of discovery.
>The general principles of historical materialism come first, then comes
>their application to capitalism, then finally comes the process of writing
>a book about the latter. The order of the book is not necessarily the order
>of the authors concerns, either logically or in terms of their personal
>ideological development.

I agree with that. But as Kozo Uno and Makoto Itoh have convincingly shown,
there are real problems with Marx's exposition of the circulation of
commodities and money that he begins Capital Volume 1, and that exposition
can be improved.



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