Deciphering Capital by Alex Callinicos

By Alex Callinicos

Marx's Capital is again the place it belongs, on the centre of discussion approximately Marxism and its buy at the modern global. in recent times there was an explosion of a lot wider curiosity in Capital, after the talk on Capital principally fell silent within the late-1970s. In interpreting Capital, Alex Callinicos deals his personal mammoth contribution to the controversy. He tackles the query of Marx's approach, his relation to Hegel, price idea and labour. He engages with Marxist thinkers earlier and current, from Gramsci and Althusser to Harvey and Jameson.

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21, no. 3 (Autumn 2000), pp. 405–26. Cf. Ellen Meiksins Wood, Empire of Capital (London: Verso, 2003), chapters 5–6. 19. Among the most notable examples of the former is Bernard Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees; for an example of the latter, see Andrew Fletcher’s Discourse Surrounding the Affairs of Scotland. Mandeville famously provides a vigorous defense of modern commerce and its “publick benefits,” while Fletcher describes at length the disastrous effects of modern commerce in European societies and calls for the establishment of a reformed set of ancient Diderot’s Theory of Global (and Imperial) Commerce 19 institutions of political economy (most notoriously, that of slavery).

Muller, The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Modern European Thought (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002), chapters 1–5; and Donald Winch, Riches and Poverty: An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain, 1750–1834 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996). 20. Hirschman, The Passions and the Interests (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977), 62. Chapter Two Empire, Progress, and the “Savage Mind” Jennifer Pitts 1 I. INTRODUCTION This chapter is an effort to explore the implications of what might be called a cognitive-development conception of progress for views of Europe’s relation to non-European societies among British thinkers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

32 Notably, in his analysis of India, while he certainly addresses the consequences of institutions for the ideas and habits of individuals, Robertson never resorts to individuals’ cognitive capacities to explain practices and institutions, as he does consistently for savage society in the History of America. 33 In contrast, as I discuss below, James and J. S. ” 34 The eloquent conclusion to the Disquisition makes clear Robertson’s own understanding that accounts of progress were fundamental to the politics of empire.

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