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Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

Hudis, Peter
Publisher:  Haymarket Books, Chicago, USA
Date Written:  01/09/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Pages:  272pp   ISBN:  9781608462759
Library of Congress Number:  HB501.H7835 2012   Dewey:  335.4/12
Resource Type:  Book

In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx was committed to a specific concept of a post-capitalist society which informed the whole of his approach to political economy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Why Explore Marx's Concept of the Transcendence of Value-Production? Why Now?
The object and purpose of this study
Objectivist and subjectivist approaches to Marx's philosophical contribution

1
The Transcendence of Alienation in the Writings of the Young Marx
Marx's beginnings, 1837-41
Marx's critique of politics and philosophy, 1842-3
Marx's critique of economics and philosophy, 1843-4
Discerning the ideal within the real, 1845-8
Evaluating the young Marx's concept of a postcapitalist society

2
The Conception of a Postcapitalist Society in the Drafts of Capital
The 'first draft' of Capital: The Poverty of Philosophy (1847)
The 'second draft' of Capital: the Grundrisse (1858)
The 'third draft' of Capital, 1861-3

3
The Vision of the New Society in Marx's Capital
Volume I of Capital
Volumes II and III of Capital

4
Marx's Late Writings on Postcapitalist Society
The impact of the Paris Commune on Marx
The Critique of the Gotha Programme

Conclusion: Evaluating Marx's Concept of a Postcapitalist Society

Appendix: Translation of Marx's Excerpt-Notes on the Chapter 'Absolute Knowledge' in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

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