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A critical theory of economic compulsion, wealth, suffering, negation, Werner Bonefeld

A critical theory of economic compulsion, wealth, suffering, negation, Werner Bonefeld
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
A critical theory of economic compulsion
Nature of contents
Responsibility statement
Werner Bonefeld
Series statement
Critiques and Alternatives to Capitalism
Sub title
wealth, suffering, negation
"This book explores a variety of interconnected themes central to contemporary Marxist theory and its further development as a critical social theory. Championing the critique of political economy as a critical theory of society and rejecting Marxian economics as a contradiction in terms, it argues instead that economic categories are perverted social categories, before identifying the sheer unrest of life - the struggle to make ends meet - as the negative content of the reified system of economic objectivity. With class struggle recognised as the negative category of the cold society of capitalist wealth, which sees in humanity a living resource for economic progress, the author contends that the critique of class society finds its rational solution in the society of human purposes, that is, the classless society of communist individuals. A theoretically sophisticated engagement with Marxist thought, A Critical Theory of Economic Compulsion will appeal to scholars of social and political theory with interests in critical theory and post-capitalist imaginaries"., Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Endorsements -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- 1. A Critical Theory of Economic Compulsion: Wealth, Suffering, Negation -- Introduction -- Towards a Critical Theory of Economic Compulsion: Wealth, Suffering, Negation -- Forms of Critique: Forces of Production and Social Critique -- Scope and Structure -- Notes -- Part I: Society as Process of Compulsion -- 2. Real Abstraction: On Capital and Class -- Introduction -- Exchange Equivalence as Real Abstraction -- Abstract Labour and Economic Compulsion -- Exchange Equivalence and Real Abstraction: On Class and Surplus Value -- Conclusion: Real Abstraction and Class Struggle -- Notes -- 3. Money as Social Power: On Labour and Value -- Introduction -- Money as Economic Means -- Money as an End: On the Form of Value -- Labour and Value: On Money Time -- Value and the "Monetisation of The Future -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 4. World Market and Crisis: On Capital and its State -- Introduction -- World Market and Social Labour -- Value and Crisis -- On the State of Capital -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Part II: Practical Humanism and the Reason of Negation -- 5. Social Coldness and Practical Humanism: On Counter-Hegemony and Governmentality -- Introduction -- Proletarian Language and the Standpoint of Labour -- Scientific Socialism and Practical Humanism -- Practical Humanism and Counter-Hegemony -- Conclusion: On Governmentality -- Notes -- 6. History and Freedom: On Social Justice and Class Society -- Introduction: Class and Social Justice -- Subjective Critique and Exploitation -- Structure and Scope -- History and Corporeality -- On Primitive Accumulation and the Capitalist Social Relations -- Valorisation, Social Reproduction, and Class Struggle -- Conclusion -- Notes7. On Communism and the Philosophy of Now-Time: A Conclusion -- Introduction -- Real Abstraction and Social Struggle -- The Weight of Objectivity -- Communism and the Critique of Progress -- Corporeality and Communism -- On the Critique of Progress -- Now Time and History -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Postscript: On the Necessity and Impossibility of Communism -- On the Necessity and Impossibility of Communism -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index

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