Karl Marx's Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years Later

Karl Marx's Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years Later

By: Marcello Musto (editor)Paperback

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Written between 1857 and 1858, the Grundrisse is the first draft of Marx's critique of political economy and, thus, also the initial preparatory work on Capital. Despite its editorial vicissitudes and late publication, Grundrisse contains numerous reflections on matters that Marx did not develop elsewhere in his oeuvre and is therefore extremely important for an overall interpretation of his thought. In this collection, various international experts in the field, analysing the Grundrisse on the 150th anniversary of its composition, present a Marx in many ways radically different from the one who figures in the dominant currents of twentieth-century Marxism. The book demonstrates the relevance of the Grundrisse to an understanding of Capital and of Marx's theoretical project as a whole, which, as is well known, remained uncompleted. It also highlights the continuing explanatory power of Marxian categories for contemporary society and its present contradictions. With contributions from such scholars as Eric Hobsbawm and Terrell Carver, and covering subject areas such as political economy, philosophy and Marxism, this book is likely to become required reading for serious scholars of Marx across the world.

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Marcello Musto teaches at the Department of Political Science at York University, Canada.


1. Prologue 2. Foreword, Eric Hobsbawn Part I. Grundrisse: Critical Interpretations 3. History, Production and Method in the 1857 'Introduction' to the Grundrisse, Marcello Musto 4. The Concept of Value in Modern Economy. On the Relationship between Money and Capital in 'Grundrisse', Joachim Bischoff and Christoph Lieber 5. Marx Conception of Alienation in 'Grundrisse', Terrell Carver 6. The Discovery of the Category of Surplus value, Enrique Dussel 7. Historical Materialism in 'Forms which precede Capitalist Production', Ellen Meiksins Wood 8. Marx's 'Grundrisse' and the Ecological Contradictions of Capitalism, John Bellamy Foster 9. Emancipated Individuals in an Emancipated Society. Marx's Sketch of Post-Capitalist Society in the 'Grundrisse', Iring Fetscher 10. Rethinking 'Capital' in Light of the 'Grundrisse', Moishe Postone Part II. Marx at the time of Grundrisse 11. Marx's life at the time of the 'Grundrisse'. Biographical notes on 1857-8, Marcello Musto 12. The First World Economic Crisis: Marx as an Economic Journalist, Michael R. Kratke 13. Marx's 'Books of Crisis' of 1857-8, Michael R. Kratke Part III. Dissemination and reception of Grundrisse in the world 14. Dissemination and Reception of the 'Grundrisse' in the world. Introduction, Marcello Musto 15. Germany and Austria and Switzerland, Ernst Theodor Mohl 16. Russia and Soviet Union, Lyudmila L. Vasina 17. Japan, Hiroshi Uchida 18. China, Zhongpu Zhang 19. France, Andre Tosel 20. Italy, Mario Tronti 21. Cuba and Argentina and Spain and Mexico, Pedro Ribas and Rafael Pla 22. Czechoslovakia, Stanislav Hubik 23. Hungary, Ferenc L. Lendvai 24. Romania, Gheorghe Stoica 25. USA and Britain and Australia and Canada, Christopher J. Arthur 26. Denmark, Birger Linde 27. Yugoslavia, Lino Veljak 28. Iran, Kamran Nayeri 29. Poland, Holger Politt 30. Finland, Vesa Oittinen 31. Greece, John Milios 32. Turkey, E. Ahmet Tonak 33. South Korea, Hogyun Kim 34. Brazil and Portugal, Jose Paulo Netto

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  • publication date: 15/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780415588713
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780415588713
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 0415588715

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