Marx’s Grundrisse is acknowledged as the vital link between Marx’s early and late work. It is also a crucial text in elucidating Marx’s debt to the idealist philosopher G.W.F. Hegel. This book, first published in 1988, is the first full-length study of that relationship, in a thorough textual analysis which makes the connections explicit and also the Grundrisse’s relations to the works of Adam Smith and Aristotle. This book argues that Marx’s critique of political economy, and his critique of Hegel, are double interrelated. Not only did Marx adapt Hegelian logic in order to analyse the economic categories crucial to modern society but it is argued that those logical categories were themselves seen as reflections of the productive processes of contemporary commercial society.
Uchida reveals a conceptual structure common to the apparently rarefied world of Hegelian conceptual logic and to the supposedly common-sensical world of economic science. Demonstrating this is a considerable achievement, and it allows us to consider precisely what is valuable today in Marx’s critical commentary on this conceptual structure and on the type of society in which it is manifested. Uchida’s subject, like Marx’s, is ‘the force of capital on modern life’.
Table of Contents
1. The Introduction to the Grundrisse and the Doctrine of the Notion 1.1. Production in General and ‘the life-process’ 1.2. Critique of Political Economy and Production in General 1.3. The Method of Political Economy and ‘Analytical Method, Synthetic Method, the Simple, and Classification’ 1.4. Mode of Production and Ideology, and ‘The Absolute Idea’ 2. The ‘Chapter on Money’ and the Doctrine of Being 2.1. Product, Commodity and Money, and Identity, Difference, Opposition and Contradiction’ 2.2. The Two Aspects of the Commodity and ‘Likeness and Unlikeness’ 2.3. The Commodity-Owner and ‘Ideality of Being-for-Itself’ 2.4. Money-Subject and ‘Substance as Subject’ 2.5. Price and ‘Quantum’ 2.6. Value-Form and the Process of Exchange, and ‘One and Many’ 2.7. Means of Circulation and ‘Measure’ 2.8. Treasure and ‘Contradiction Dissolves Itself’ 3. The ‘Chapter on Capital’ and the Doctrine of Essence, Part One: ‘Generality of Capital’ 3.1. The Transition from Money to Capital and ‘Positing Reflection’ 3.2. The Exchange Between Capital and Labour, the Labour-Process and the Valorisation-Process, and ‘Form, Substance, Matter and Content’ 3.3. Labour-Power as general Substance and Relation of Substantiality’ 3.4. Component Parts of Capital and ‘The Whole and the Parts’ 3.5. Manifestation as the Force of Capital and ‘Force and its Manifestation’ 3.6. Surplus Capital and ‘Actuality’ 3.7. The Conversion of the Law of Appropriation and ‘Absolute Necessity’ 3.8. The Reproduction of the Capital Relation and ‘Causality’ 3.9. First Critique of Hegel’s System 4. The ‘Chapter on Capital’ and the Doctrine of Essence, Part 2: ‘Particularity of Capital’ 4.1. Particularity of Capital and ‘Judgement’ 4.2. The General Determination and ‘the Categorical Judgement’ 4.3. The Particularising Determination and ‘the Hypothetical Judgement’ 4.4. Properties of Circulating Capital and Fixed Capital, and ‘Force and its Manifestation’ 4.5. The Conversion of the Law of Appropriation and ‘Causality’ 4.6. The Individual Determination and ‘the Disjunctive Judgement’ 4.7. Second Critique of Hegel’s System 5. The ‘Chapter on Capital’ and the Doctrine of Essence, Part 3: ‘Individuality of Capital’ 5.1. Profit and ‘Syllogism’ 5.2. Profit of Capital and ‘Positing Reflection, Ground, Identity and Difference’ 5.3. Productive Capital and ‘the Whole and its Parts’, ‘Force and Its Manifestation’ 5.4. Form of Production and Form of Distribution, and ‘Causality’ 5.5. Third Critique of Hegel’s System