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Karl Marx

MARX AND THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM

Kieran Allen
Released June 6th 2011
PB / £ 16.99 / 9780745330020 / 215mm x 135mm / 248pp

If we are serious about finding a different way to run the post-credit crunch society, we must start by introducing alternatives to undergraduates. Kieran Allen begins the task with an accessible and comprehensive look at the ideas of Karl Marx.

Dispensing with the dryness of traditional explanations of Marx, Allen shows how Marx’s ideas apply to modern society. The first section briefly outlines Marx’s life and the development of his work, then goes on to clearly explain his key theories, including historical materialism and surplus value. The second section examines alternatives to capitalism, the concept of ‘anti-capitalism’ and provides concrete, contemporary examples of Marx’s theories being put into practice in today’s world.

This book provides a crucial alternative for undergraduates in sociology and politics.

Kieran Allen is a sociology lecturer at University College Dublin. His books include Max Weber: A Critical Introduction (Pluto, 2004) as well as a number of works on Irish society and politics.

For further information, to request a review copy or to speak to the author please contact Jon Wheatley at jonw@plutobooks.com or on 0208 374 6424

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Hillel Ticktin

HILLEL TICKTIN ON THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LAW OF VALUE

For the next meeting of the Marx, Individuals & Society Seminar we have Hillel Ticktin talking on: ‘The rise and fall of the law of value’

Room MAL 354, Friday 25th February, 7-30 – 9.00pm, Malet Street, London
That should be interesting; I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.

Best wishes

William Dixon

For further information contact: lukiezac@dircon.co.uk

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Karl Marx

KARL MARX’S ‘GRUNDRISSE’ 150 YEARS LATER – OUT IN PAPERBACK

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

Edited by Marcello Musto

Hardback 2008. Price: € 82.00, £70.00, $ 130.00, CAD$ 135.00

Paperback 2010. Price: € 27.00, £ 22.50, $ 32.95, CAD$ 35.00

Written between1857 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 theGrundrisse 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, Moishe Postone, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Terrell Carver, John Bellamy Foster, Enrique Dussel and Iring Fetscher, 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.

Table of Contents

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

Author Biography

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

Reviews:

“Nothing Marx wrote has better illustrated the complexity of his thought and the enormous array of the world’s appreciation of it than the Grundrisse. This collection of essays gives one an indispensable entry into understanding better what Marx has to offer the world today and the social bases of the multiple Marxisms” — Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

“In this edited collection of essays by international scholars, Marcello Musto has helped to chart the recognition and influence of one of Marx’s most important, methodologically rich – and most neglected – texts: the Grundrisse. The volume is the fruit of many years of sustained and devoted scholarship, his chapter on the ‘1857 Introduction’ is one of the finest in the collection” — Stuart Hall, Open University

“Karl Marx’s Grundrisse is a magnificent volume, which also serves as a global map of world Marxist theory” — Fredric Jameson, Duke University

“Over the last two decades, Marx’s Grundrisse has increasingly been seen as the key text to the understanding his work. An up-to-date discussion of the Grundrisse is therefore much to be welcomed. And when it is of the consistently high quality that Marcello Musto has here put together, scholars of Marx can only rejoice” — David McLellan, Goldsmiths College, University of London

“Karl Marx’s Grundrisse represents a major resource for studies on Marx. It is a key text for understanding his critique of political economy; but also – and no less importantly – it makes visible the questions that Marx did not develop later in Capital, such as capitalism as a global system, ecology, and the contours of a post-capitalistic society. This volume is required reading for all serious students of Marx” — Samir Amin, Third World Forum

“At a time when Marx’s writings are once again attracting ever-wider circles of readers seeking to understand yet another global capitalist crisis, Marcello Musto has produced an edited volume devoted to Marx’s Grundrisse. The essays of interpretation as well as the studies of both the production of this great work and its reception across many different societies and social contexts make this book an especially timely and valuable contribution to Marx’s current ascendancy” — Richard D. Wolff, New School University, New York

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Karl Marx

NICOLE PEPPERELL ON MARX’S ‘CAPITAL’

Hello all,

The Birkbeck Capital (Volume 1) Reading Group’s next meeting on Friday February the 18th at 6:30 pm will feature Nicole Pepperell (author of a forthcoming book on Marx’s Capital and of the blog roughtheory.org and researcher at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

Her paper will discuss, among other things, Marx’s “standpoint of critique” – that is, whether and how Marx is able to engage immanently with the object of critique. It will touch lightly on the narrative structure of the  first four chapters of Volume I of Capital and give us the latest on Nicole’s research for her forthcoming book. Nicole will speak for 45 minutes and this will be followed by 45 minutes discussion.

There will be some wine served up.

Could you let samdolbear@gmail.com know if you would like to attend? 

The room we have booked may need to be upgraded if lots of people are coming… The event’s open to all, so feel free to bring others and circulate this email…

More details (inc. room number) to follow, best wishes,
Bis

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Karl Marx

FREE COURSE ON MARX’S ‘CAPITAL’

Free course on Marx’s Capital at Middlesex Philosophy Department, 15 October-12 November 2010

Starting on Friday 15 October at 4pm, Meade McCloughan will present an exposition of the main argument of volume 1 of Marx’s Capital, in four parts.

The course will focus on the conceptual structure of the text, with special attention paid to key passages.

– 15th October.  Commodities and money: The mystery of surplus value.

– 22nd October.  Capital and labour: The mystery of surplus value solved.

– 29th October.  The dynamics of capitalist production: Absolute and relative surplus value, formal and real subsumption.

– 12th November.  The accumulation of capital; crises, revolution and communism.

The Penguin Marx Library/Penguin Classics edition (tr. Ben Fowkes) will be used.

This course is free and open to the public. All welcome.

Time: Fridays 4-6pm. Please note the hiatus during the week ending 5 November.

Place: Room M009 (The Green Room), Mansion Building, Middlesex University, Trent Park campus, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ.

Tube: Piccadilly line to Oakwood station, free bus to campus.

Further enquiries: c.kerslake@mdx.ac.uk

Philosophical resources on the Web can be found at http://www.liv.ac.uk/pal  

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Global Crisis

GLOBAL CAPITALISM IN CRISIS: KARL MARX AND THE DECAY OF THE PROFIT SYSTEM

A new book by

Murray E.G. Smith

 

http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Global-Capitalism-in-Crisis-Murray-EG-Smith/

    • ISBN: 9781552663530
    • Price: $24.95 CAD
    • Publication Date: Mar 2010
    • Rights: World
    • Pages: 172

The world economy is currently experiencing a devastating slump not seen since the Second World War. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing and salaries are plummeting in the developed world, while astronomical food prices and starvation ravage the developing world. The crisis in global capitalism, Smith argues, should be understood as both a composite crisis of overproduction, credit and finance, and a deep-seated systemic crisis. Using Marx to analyze the origins, implications and scope of the current economic slump, this book argues that the crisis needs to be understood structurally, as the result of a system prone to crisis, rather than as an aberration.

CONTENTS:
The Global Economic Crisis: A Marxist Perspective • A Summary of Marx’s Theories of Value, Capital and Crisis • The Necessity of Value Theory: Brenner’s Analysis of the “Long Downturn” and Marx’s Theory of Crisis • Class Struggle and Socialist Transformation: Beyond the Law of Value • The Global Crisis, Marxism and the Malaise of the Anti-Capitalist Left • Appendix 1, The Controversy Surrounding Marx’s Theory of Value • Appendix 2, Socially Necessary Unproductive Labour in Contemporary Capitalism • Bibliography • Index

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Murray E.G. Smith is Professor of Sociology and Labour Studies at Brock University

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Piero Sraffa

THEORIES OF VALUE FROM ADAM SMITH TO PIERO SRAFFA

A new book by Ajit Sinha

Ajit Sinha’s Theories of Value from Adam Smith to Piero Sraffa exemplifies the best characteristics of proper scholarship. Sinha has combined critical yet sympathetic analysis of primary sources with keen understanding of the secondary literature. He has definite points of view which are always established by deep analytical arguments combined with careful attention to the relevant evidence. His book is a splendid example for all those interested in the best ways of understanding the relevant links between the past of our discipline and the present. — G.C. Harcourt, Emeritus Reader in the History of Economic Theory, University of Cambridge, Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide, Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

The excess confidence of contemporary economists in the strength of the existing body of their knowledge has been struck by the recent crisis. The same excess confidence had often fed the belief that the history of ideas did not matter. In fact, the understanding of the limits of any knowledge in the field of social sciences cannot be separated from the understanding of the conditions of its construction. The work of Ajit Sinha, as conveyed in the present book, provides a brilliant illustration of the fact that the history of economic thought, on the one hand, and economic analysis, on the other, are neither antagonistic, nor substitutes, but necessary complements.– Roger Guesnerie, Chair, Economic Theory and Social Organisation, Collège de France, Paris 

OUTLINE:

This book presents a comprehensive account of more than 200 years of controversy on the classical theories of value and distribution. The author focuses on four, perhaps most critical, classics, viz., Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, David Ricardo’s Principles of Political Economy, Karl Marx’s Capital and Piero Sraffa’s Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities. The book highlights several significant differences in the theories of the four authors as it searches for the ‘classical standpoint’ that separates them from the ‘moderns’. It throws fresh light on some old questions while introducing new, controversial interpretations in the literature surrounding it. It is unique in its organisation as it first presents the author’s close reading of the theories of value and distribution in the four classics and then critically engages with the major alternative interpretations and criticisms of the theories discussed therein.

Bringing original insights on theoretical positions, the book challenges canonical interpretations so as to discuss and analyse the flaws and weaknesses, in addition to the already obvious strengths, of widely celebrated theories. The theories discussed here emerge from questions like: what role does demand or human psychology play in the determination of value in classical theory? Do classical economists determine the distribution of income within the context of a theory of prices and resource allocation? What role does the notion of ‘equilibrium’ play in classical theory and the theory of Sraffa?

It will appeal to academics and students of economic theory and philosophy, as well as to the general reader.

Ajit Sinha is currently Visiting Professor at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. He has published extensively in the area of history of economic theory. 

ISBN: 978-0-415-56320-8, Pages: 368, Edition: Hardback, Price: INR 895/USD 95/GBP 55

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Exploring Marx’s Capital

Thursday, 26th March, 6.30 p.m. (Lombokstraat, 40 – Amsterdam)


“Constant and variable Capital and surplus value”

 

Guglielmo Carchedi, University of Amsterdamhttp://www.iire.org).

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE STARTING TIME IS 6.30 P.M.

This is the fourth lecture of the project “Exploring Marx’s Capital”, which is an integral part of the series Returns of Marxism in Amsterdam 2008/2009 (for more info:


Each lecture of the month from December onwards focuses upon a topic in Marx’s Capital. More precisely, it follows chronologically the main topics of Marx’s Capital Volume I, from the “commodity form” to “primitive accumulation”.sara@iire.org – for the reading group in English;
leesgroepmarxkapitaal@hotmail.com – for the group held in Dutch.

 

The mini-series “Exploring Marx’s Capital” is related to the Capital Reading Group of Capital vol. I (both in English and in Dutch) that we started in November at the IIRE and at the University of Amsterdam.

The meetings of the Capital reading group take place twice a month, and are followed by the public lecture at the end of the month. If you are interested in participating, please do not hesitate to contact the following emails:

 

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