Karl Marx’s Grundrisse
Foundations of the critique of political economy 150 years later
Edited by Marcello Musto
Published July 25th 2008 by Routledge – 320 pages
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.
"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
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
Marcello Musto teaches at the Department of Political Science at York University, Canada.