Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156920610X491411 Historical Materialism 18 (2010) 209–212 brill.nl/hima Capital in General A: arra ʾ smāl bišaklin ʿ ām. – G: Kapital im Allgemeinen. F: capital en général. – R: kapital voobšče. S: capital en general. – C: ziben yiban. From the Grundrisse to his work on the 1861– 3 Manuscripts, the term ‘Capital in General’ was a central reference point in Marx ’s economic research. Its relevance to Marx ’s Capital, however, is controversial. Two issues are contested: fi rst, the importance of the concept, including the use Marx intended for it in the presentation of his critique of political economy; second, why (or even whether) he abandoned the idea. 1. When Marx published the fi rst result of his economic studies in 1859, the title was Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy ; but it presented only two chapters (‘Commodities’ and ‘Money or Simple Circulation’) of a ‘Book’ on ‘Capital’, of which ‘Section One’ was ‘Capital in General’; furthermore, Capital was to be only the fi rst of a projected six books ( MECW 29, 257; 261; 267; 269). However, when the fi rst volume of Marx ’s masterpiece appeared http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Historical Materialism Brill

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Historical Materialism , Volume 18 (1): 209 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1465-4466
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156920610X491411 Historical Materialism 18 (2010) 209–212 brill.nl/hima Capital in General A: arra ʾ smāl bišaklin ʿ ām. – G: Kapital im Allgemeinen. F: capital en général. – R: kapital voobšče. S: capital en general. – C: ziben yiban. From the Grundrisse to his work on the 1861– 3 Manuscripts, the term ‘Capital in General’ was a central reference point in Marx ’s economic research. Its relevance to Marx ’s Capital, however, is controversial. Two issues are contested: fi rst, the importance of the concept, including the use Marx intended for it in the presentation of his critique of political economy; second, why (or even whether) he abandoned the idea. 1. When Marx published the fi rst result of his economic studies in 1859, the title was Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy ; but it presented only two chapters (‘Commodities’ and ‘Money or Simple Circulation’) of a ‘Book’ on ‘Capital’, of which ‘Section One’ was ‘Capital in General’; furthermore, Capital was to be only the fi rst of a projected six books ( MECW 29, 257; 261; 267; 269). However, when the fi rst volume of Marx ’s masterpiece appeared

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