Karl Marx’s Grundrisse: Foundations of the critique of political economy 150 years later, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Karl Marx’s Grundrisse

Foundations of the critique of political economy 150 years later, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcello Musto


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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.


'An especially timely and valuable contribution to Marx's current ascendancy.' - Richard D. Wolff, New School University, USA

'Charts the recognition and influence of one of Marx’s most important, methodologically rich - and most neglected - texts. The volume is the fruit of many years of sustained and devoted scholarship.' - Stuart Hall, Open University, UK

'A magnificent volume, which also serves as a global map of world Marxist theory.' - Fredric Jameson, Duke University, USA

'Of the consistently high quality that … scholars of Marx can only rejoice.' - David Mclellan, Goldsmiths College, University of London

'Required reading for all serious students of Marx.' - Samir Amin, Third World Forum

'An indispensable entry into understanding what Marx has to offer the world today and the social bases of the multiple Marxisms.' - Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, USA

Table of Contents


Foreword (Eric Hobsbawn)

Part I: Grundrisse: Critical Interpretations

1. History, Production and Method in the 1857 'Introduction' to the Grundrisse (Marcello Musto)

2. The Concept of Value in Modern Economy (Joachim Bischoff and Christoph Lieber)

3. Marx Conception of Alienation in 'Grundrisse' (Terrell Carver)

4. The Discovery of the Category of Surplus value (Enrique Dussel)

5. Historical Materialism in 'Forms which precede Capitalist Production' (Ellen Meiksins Wood)

6. Marx's 'Grundrisse' and the Ecological Contradictions of Capitalism (John Bellamy Foster)

7. Emancipated Individuals in an Emancipated Society. Marx's Sketch of Post-Capitalist Society in the 'Grundrisse' (Iring Fetscher)

8. Rethinking 'Capital' in Light of the 'Grundrisse' (Moishe Postone)

Part II: Marx at the time of Grundrisse

9. Marx's life at the time of the 'Grundrisse' (Marcello Musto)

10. The First World Economic Crisis: Marx as an Economic Journalist (Michael R. Kratke)

11. Marx's 'Books of Crisis' of 1857-8 (Michael R. Kratke)

Part III: Dissemination and Reception of Grundrisse in the world

12. 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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political

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