Faced with a new crisis of capitalism, many scholars are now looking back to the author whose ideas were too hastily dismissed after the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the last decade, Marx’s Capital has received renewed academic and popular attention. It has been reprinted in new editions throughout the world and the contemporary relevance of its pages is being discussed again. Today, Marx’s analyses are arguably resonating even more strongly than they did in his own time and Capital continues to provide an effective framework to understand the nature of capitalism and its transformations.
This volume includes the proceedings of the biggest international conference held in the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Capital’s publication. The book is divided into three parts: I) "Capitalism, Past and Present"; II) "Extending the Critique of Capital"; III) "The Politics of Capital". It contains the contributions of globally renowned scholars from 13 countries and multiple academic disciplines who offer diverse perspectives, and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism while pointing to alternative economic and social models. Together, they reconsider the most influential historical debates on Capital and provide new interpretations of Marx’s magnum opus in light of themes rarely associated with Capital, such as gender, ecology, and non-European societies.
The book is an indispensable source for academic communities who are increasingly interested in rediscovering Marx beyond 20th century Marxism. Moreover, it will be of great appeal to students, as well as established scholars interested in critique of capitalism and socialist theory.
1. Introduction: The Unfinished Critique of ‘Capital’ Marcello Musto Part I: Capitalism, Past and Present 2. Revisiting the “expropriation of expropriators” in Marx’s ‘Capital’ Etienne Balibar 3. “Every beginning is difficult, holds in all sciences”: Marx on the Economic Cell form of Capital and the Analysis of Capitalist Social Formations Bob Jessop 4. The Challenge of Transcending ‘Capital’ Leo Panitch 5. The Current Crisis and the Anachronism of Value Moishe Postone 6. Marx’s New Concept of Class Richard Wolff Part II: Extending the Critique of CapitaI 7. Revolution Begins at Home: Rethinking Marx, Reproduction and the Class Struggle Silvia Federici 8. Towards a Communist Revolution: Gender and Class in ‘Capital’ Volume I Himani Bannerji 9. Marx and Engels: The Intellectual Relationship Revisited from an Ecological Perspective Kohei Saito 10. Marx's Capital and the Earth: An Ecological Critique of Political Economy John Bellamy Foster 11. Five Explicit and Implicit Notions of Revolution in ‘Capital’, Volume I, as Seen from a Multilinear, Peripheral Angle Kevin B. Anderson 12. Had 'Capital' Been Written Today Pietro Basso Part III: The Politics of Capital 13. Reading ‘Capital’ as Political Theory: On the Political Theory of the Value-Form William Clare Roberts 14. The Neglected Chapters on Wages in ‘Capital’ Gary Teeple 15. The Persistence of Marx’s Humanism, from the Doctoral Dissertation on Epicurus to ‘Capital’ Mauro Buccheri 16. The Ambivalence of Cooperation Alfonso Maurizio Iacono 17. Toward a Marxist Revision of Marx’s Revision of Marxism in ‘Capital’ Bertell Ollman.