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The Unfinished System of Karl Marx

Critically Reading Capital as a Challenge for our Times

  • Judith Dellheim
  • Frieder Otto Wolf
  • Offers a critical reading to one of the best known critique of capitalism in the twentieth century

  • Considers the modern day relevance of Marxian analysis of capitalism through its application to contemporary issues

  • Brings together scholars of economics, politics, philosophy, sociology and history to offer a thorough analysis from a multidisciplinary perspective

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Kohei Saito
    Pages 187-217
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 359-368

About this book

Introduction

This book examines what we can gain from a critical reading of Marx's final manuscript and his conclusion of the "systematic presentation" of his critique, which was the basis for Engels's construction of the third volume of his infamous 'Capital'. The text introduces the reader to a key problem´of Marx's largely implicit epistemology, by exploring the systematic character of his exposition and the difference of this kind of 'systematicity' from Hegelian philosophical system construction. The volume contributes to establishing a new understanding of the critique of political economy, as it has been articulated in various debates since the 1960s - especially in France, Germany, and Italy - and as it had already been initiated by Marx and some of his followers, with Rosa Luxemburg in a key role. All the chapters are transdisciplinary in nature, and explore the modern day relevance of Marx's and Luxemburg's theoretical analysis of the dominance of the capitalist mode of production.

Keywords

capitalism critical political economy capitalist mode of production neo-classical economics Rosa Luxemburg Friedrich Engels Riccardo Bellofiore Karl Marx Karl Marx's Capital Volume III Classical Theory of Interest critique of capitalism Marx's manuscripts

Editors and affiliations

  • Judith Dellheim
    • 1
  • Frieder Otto Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Rosa Luxemburg FoundationBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhilosophyFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany

About the editors

Judith Dellheim is a senior research fellow at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, Germany. She has worked in the foreign trade of the GDR. Since 1990, she has been working on economies of solidarity, on political parties and movements, and on economic policies. She has been a member of the Federal Board of the PDS in 1995–2003, a free-lance scientific consultant from 2004–2010, and senior researcher at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation since 2011. She is co-author of Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy.

Frieder Otto Wolf is Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. He has been a lecturer in philosophy at this institution since 1973, and became Honorary Professor in 2007. He has served as a fellow at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and sits on the advisory board of several journals. He has published books and articles on political philosophy, the politics of labor, the politics of sustainability, political epistemology, and metaphilosophy, including as co-author of Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Unfinished System of Karl Marx
  • Book Subtitle Critically Reading Capital as a Challenge for our Times
  • Editors Judith Dellheim
    Frieder Otto Wolf
  • Series Title Luxemburg International Studies in Political Economy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Luxemburg International Studies in Political Economy
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70347-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-70346-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09948-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-70347-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 368
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    Economic Policy
    Political Sociology
    Political Philosophy
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