© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156920609X399245 Historical Materialism 17 (2009) 145–169 brill.nl/hima Interventions Th e Fallacies of ‘New Dialectics’ and Value-Form Th eory Guglielmo Carchedi University of Amsterdam email@example.com Abstract Chris Arthur’s approach aims at a systematic re-ordering of Marx’s categories. Th is article argues that his approach is actually a diﬀ erent ordering of diﬀ erent categories that are positioned within a speciﬁ c theoretical whole, a Hegelian re-interpretation of Marx and especially of abstract labour, which distances itself from Marx. While the debate has focused mainly on the philosophical aspects of Arthur’s work, its economic features have not been the object of a systematic analysis. Yet, a full assessment of the ‘New Dialectics’ should include explicitly a systematic internal critique of its economic dimensions. Th e aim of this article is to assess the internal consistency of the economic ramiﬁ cations of the ‘New Dialectics’. Th e focus is on the notions of abstract labour, concrete labour, and exploitation. Arthur’s faithfulness to Marx, or correspondence to Marx’s quotations, is not the criterion used to assess the ‘New Dialectics’. Rather, the criterion is whether it (a) discovers logical inconsistencies in Capital and (b) is itself
Historical Materialism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: DIALECTICS; VALUE-FORM THEORY; ABSTRACT LABOUR
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