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Alfred Sohn-Rethel: Commodity Form and Thinking Form [5/10]

5. Philosophy and Commodity Production The latter conceptions arise for the first time in Greek antiquity, in the Ionian philosophy of nature in the sixth century, in philosophy in the proper sense, in Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides, to name only … Continue reading

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Alfred Sohn-Rethel – Commodity Form and Thinking Form [4/10]

4. Commodity form and pure headwork The key to such an approach lies in the Marxian theorem: “As  a  general  rule,  articles  of  utility  become  commodities,  only  because  they  are  products  of  the labour  of  private  individuals  or  groups  of  … Continue reading

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Alfred Sohn-Rethel – Commodity Form and Thinking Form [3/10]

3. Abstractness of the commodity form The dominant trait of the commodity form is indeed abstractness, an abstractness that appears to seize hold of the entire vicinity of the commodity form. Thus, the value of a commodity or its exchange … Continue reading

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Alfred Sohn-Rethel – Commodity Form and Thinking Form 2/10

2. Foundational significance of the Marxian commodity analysis The analysis of the commodity at the beginning of Capital takes a very special place within Marx’ opus. It is more than just the cornerstone of the critical analysis of the capitalist … Continue reading

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Alfred Sohn-Rethel – Commodity Form and Thinking Form [Warenform und Denkform] part 1/10

[While the first two proper entries fell under the category of Stuff That’s So Very Important No One Even Thought Of Translating It, I’ve come across one or two people who publicly stated that they might eventually get around to … Continue reading

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Alfred Sohn-Rethel on the Weimar Hyperinflation

George Grosz – Widmung an Oskar Panzetti (The Funeral), ca. 1918 It was a fantastic time, I mean, the things you experienced… a very highly developed society with a precise division of labour – which existed without money! After all, … Continue reading

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Translation of Horkheimer’s 1970 interview with DER SPIEGEL

[Disclaimer:the translation is my own, the original text obviously isn’t. Since this is a first attempt, suggestions for improving the texts are very much welcome] The original can be retrieved here . WHAT WE CALL ‚MEANING‘ WILL DISAPPEAR DER SPIEGEL … Continue reading

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