Moneybags Must be So Lucky: On the Literary Structure of Capital (Google eBook)

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1988 - Business & Economics - 82 pages
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In this book Robert Paul Wolff dispels much of the mystery surrounding Karl Marx's "Capital" by providing literary-philosophica analysis of the text and of Marx's intentions. The book solves lasting puzzles about "Capital, such as why it lacks proper scientific sobriety and why it speaks on many levels.
  

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The Ontological Presuppositions of Literary Style
13
The Factory and the Cave The Inverted World of Capitalism
39
Mrs Feinschmecks Blintzes or Notes on the Crackpot Categories of Bourgeois Political Economy
61
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Page 18 - ... difficulty of approaching near to the former animal, and the consequent necessity of its being more true to its mark; one beaver would naturally be of more value than two deer, and precisely for this reason, that more labour would, on the whole, be necessary to its destruction. Or suppose that the same quantity of labour was necessary to make both weapons, but that they were of very unequal durability ; of the durable implement only a small portion of its value would be transferred to the commodity,...
Page 15 - Voltaire remarked that it is possible to kill a flock of sheep by witchcraft if you give them plenty of arsenic at the same time. The sheep, in this figure, may well stand for the complacent apologists of capitalism; Marx penetrating insight and bitter oppression supply the arsenic, while the labour theory of value provides the incantations.
Page 19 - We must, therefore, proceed like those, who being in search of any thing that lies conceal'd from them, and not finding it in the place they expected, beat about all the neighbouring fields, without any certain view or design, in hopes their good fortune will at last guide them to what they search for.

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Robert Paul Wolff is professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. His books include The Poverty of Liberalism, The Autonomy of Reason, In Defense of Anarchism, and Understanding Marx.

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