A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey

By David Harvey

“My objective is to get you to learn a ebook through Karl Marx referred to as Capital, quantity 1, and to learn it on Marx’s personal terms…”

The largest monetary predicament because the nice melancholy has generated a surge of curiosity in Marx’s paintings within the attempt to appreciate the origins of our present drawback. for almost 40 years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, changing into one of many world’s such a lot prime Marx scholars.

Based on his contemporary lectures, this present quantity goals to carry this intensity of studying to a broader viewers, guiding first-time readers via a desirable and deeply worthwhile textual content. A better half to Marx’s Capital deals clean, unique and occasionally severe interpretations of a publication that modified the process heritage and, as Harvey intimates, may perhaps achieve this again.

David Harvey’s video lecture direction are available right here: davidharvey.org/reading-capital/

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The period 1922–4 in Moscow means the years of cultural and theoretical tension and excitement, the decline of the Proletkult, Sergei Eisenstein getting ready for his Potemkin, Vladimir Mayakovsky with his poetry, his plays, his left review Lev. The Moscow of these years also means the Russian formalist school with Victor Shklovsky, and the beginnings of Russian structuralism with Roman Jakobson. 24 It is also possible that Gramsci had the opportunity to continue his apprenticeship in ‘dialectical-structural’ thinking while sojourn-ing in Vienna (December 1923—May 1924).

The period 1922–4 in Moscow means the years of cultural and theoretical tension and excitement, the decline of the Proletkult, Sergei Eisenstein getting ready for his Potemkin, Vladimir Mayakovsky with his poetry, his plays, his left review Lev. The Moscow of these years also means the Russian formalist school with Victor Shklovsky, and the beginnings of Russian structuralism with Roman Jakobson. 24 It is also possible that Gramsci had the opportunity to continue his apprenticeship in ‘dialectical-structural’ thinking while sojourn-ing in Vienna (December 1923—May 1924).

It is surely possible that Gramsci had been exposed to the most advanced theoretical discourses on technological innovations in the arts and the avant-gardes of the time. 27 It is not impossible that Gramsci was aware of these architectural experiments in people-oriented functionalism carried out by progressive architects involved in urban planning in Vienna. Perhaps Gramsci was au fait with the latest developments in east and west when it came to the most advanced and challenging theories. 28 BEYOND THE MODERN: LINGUISTICS AND PHENOMENOLOGY I have made it my purpose, in chapters 3 and 4, to show parallels of various kinds between German critical theory, primarily from the 1930s, and Gramsci’s intermittent notes on aspects of modernization and technologization as they affect society and culture.

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