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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.


Table of Contents


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

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

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

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

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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