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Karl Marx’s Grundrisse Foundations of the critique of political economy 150 years later

Edited By Marcello Musto Copyright 2008
    ISBN 9780415588713
    320 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    Published July 6, 2010 by Routledge

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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.

    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



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

    "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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