Luxemburg International Studies in Political Economy

The Unfinished System of Karl Marx

Critically Reading Capital as a Challenge for our Times

Editors: Dellheim, Judith, Wolf, Frieder Otto (Eds.)

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  • 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

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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • The Challenge of the Incompleteness of the Third Volume of Capital for Theoretical and Political Work Today

    Dellheim, Judith (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Taking Up the Challenge of Living Labour A ‘Backwards-Looking Reconstruction’ of Recent Italian Debates on Marx’s Theory of the Capitalist Mode of Production

    Bellofiore, Riccardo (et al.)

    Pages 31-89

  • Capitalist Communism: Marx’s Theory of the Distribution of Surplus-Value in Volume III of Capital

    Moseley, Fred

    Pages 91-128

  • Another Productive and Challenging ‘Incompleteness’ of Capital, Volume III

    Wolf, Frieder Otto

    Pages 129-150

  • ‘Secular Stagnation’ and the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall in Marx’s Critique of Political Economy

    Bischoff, Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 151-185

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09948-0
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Bibliographic Information

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
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70347-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70347-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70346-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09948-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 368
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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