In this inquiry into Marx’s method of theorising, originally published in 1979, the author analyses theory in the same way that Marx analyses the production of capital, and provides a set of rules for reproducing Marx’s method. The rules are developed through an examination of the Grundrisse, the recently translated text by Marx that combines his technical critique of political economy with his humanistic, philosophical concerns and his historical perspective. Dr Bologh concludes that Marx’s method, as dialectical phenomenology, offers a way of analysing language, knowledge and the social relations and practices of everyday life, as well as the more obvious phenomena of capitalism.
1. From a reading of Marx to dialectical phenomenology. 2. From dialectical phenomenology to a re-reading of Marx. 3. Concepts: grounded versus subjective or objective. 4. The individual: historical versus natural. 5. Form of life: internal relations versus external relations. 6. Contradiction: mediation as uniting versus mediation as dividing. 7. Marx’s critique of concrete solutions to economic crises. 8. Dialectical phenomenology’s critique of concrete readings.