Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store. Essays on Marx’s Theory Of Value has 49 ratings and 6 reviews. Naeem said: This book is a translation of the third edition published in It is. About Isaak Illich Rubin: (Russian: Исаа́к Ильи́ч Ру́бин) was a Jewish economist and is considered to be the most important theorist of his time on the f.
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Originally published in the former Soviet Union, was suppressed and after it was never re-issued. This is the first English-language edition. Includes an outstanding introductory essay on “Commodity Fetishism” by Freddy Perlman. Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Black Rose Books first published Cuadernos de Pasado y Presente To see what your friends thought of this ruubin, please sign up.
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This book is a translation of the third edition published in It is difficult and detailed, but also very worthwhile for me. Many books published in our time make this claim and I wonder if Rubin might be their source. The central idea is that fetishism, or reification, is objectively present in a capitalist economy. The capitalist form is the only one in history in which social relations appear through things. Thi This book is a translation of the third edition published in This is not some kind of duping by the capitalist class or some kind of ideological mistake that the rest of make.
Rather, it is present in objective relations. This section, pagesreminds me very much of how Anthony Giddens talks about structuration. His pedagogical presence is intense, he is keen to make sure the reader understands his points through repetition, thoroughness, and a wide variety of examples. He takes on his method of reading Capital against all others; he is constantly referring to alternative interpretations and showing their strengths and weaknesses.
If I thought that the sea of commentary on Marx was endless, Rubin turns that sea into an ocean. Outside of Hilferding and Bohm-Bawerk, I had never heard of the dozens of Marx interpreters he cites.
He corrects two mistakes that I have always made and also supplies two crucial insights — all of which leave me grateful. But I am now convinced that Marx cannot be accused of illivh since his method is so deliberately historicized and so indebted to Hegel.
My second mistake that Rubin corrects was to assume that Marx short circuits the analysis of value by making value determined by labor within the production process such that that the circulation process merely validates what has already occurred in production.
But Rubin never tires of saying and showing that for Marx, exchange and circulation are assumed to determine value see for example, Rubin admits that Marx makes it easy for us to misunderstand him. He cites the passages that would allow for a severing between production and circulation or at least for circulation to be secondary and merely reflective of production. Nevertheless, he pounds out the argument that Marx illivh being dialectical through and through and therefore the separation and different emphases on production and circulation are mere moments in his seamless analysis.
Here are the two insights I took away: This substance is ideal; it cannot be measured physiologically or in any other material manner. I had always guessed at this so it was good to see it affirmed in print.
Essays on Marx’s Theory Of Value
Second, and most important in this first reading of Rubin, is the clarification about the rhbin between content and form. Here, I quote Rubin: Rather, through its development, the content itself gives birth to the form which was already latent in the content.
Isaakk one more before I try to connect them: It is the relationship between the content and the form that most concerned both Hegel and Marx. For the Classical Economists, the reduction allowed them to get at essences but they eubin those essences into natural universals, that is they became immutable laws of nature. As such, the excluded a more radical analysis that saw all such natural laws as historical, sociological, cultural, and anthropological. In a word, those laws became a fetish, they were reified.
What Marx shows is that the it is the political economy that allows and makes that fetish and that reification an objective result within the historical illicn of capitalism. The result of the attention to form is we get a more radical understanding — both as analysis and as politics.
I sense that there are better things to be had in contemplating the relationship between content and form. I am not quite there yet. Here are some quotes from the book: This transformation is a real social event.
The theoretical expression of this social event, namely the social rubbin of different forms of labor and not their physiological equality, is the category of abstract rubon.
Feb 22, Biswadip Dasgupta rated it it was amazing. I think this book should be read before, not after, reading Capital as the latter undertaking is a difficult assignment and a good guide is indispensable.
Rubin explains the various aspects of Marx’s theory of value beautifully. For example he explains how the categories of political economy express social relations, how these social relations are attached to the transfer in ownership of things and how social relations can take on reified forms just as things can take on social functions.
Rubin I think this book should be read before, not after, reading Capital as the latter undertaking is a difficult jllich and a good guide is indispensable.
Rubin was probably the first person to understand the significance of the theory of the fetish nature of the commodity for Marx, although Lukacs came close. Lenin wrote after reading Hegel’s Logic that none of the so-called marxists understood the subtleties of Chapter 1 of Volume I of Capital, heavily influenced as it was by the Logic.
Rubin’s elegant, cogent and straightforward explanation of the theories of commodity fetishism and value to be read in conjunction with some of his other work widely available on the Internet makes it the perfect introduction and companion to the first chapter of Capital I – and no praise can surely be higher than that. Oct 29, Griffin MB rated it it was amazing.
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Fredy Perlman’s introductory essay is also interesting, both because Perlman was a non-academic and an anarchist, but he ultimately reduces the LTV to a theory of how labor is allocated under capitalism which is what Smith, Ricardo, etc. Sep 26, C rated it it was amazing. Although a little turgid at times, Rubin’s rubjn is a fascinating defense of Marx’s theory of economics against accusations from supply-demand theorist, and austrian marxists.
This book is not readable by someone who has not already read Capital and come to serious terms with its implications. The most fascinating aspect of this books is Rubin’s thesis that Marx’s theory of the commodity fetish underlies his ENTIRE economic analysis, and the nodal point at which all subsequent theories of capitali Although a little turgid at times, Rubin’s book is a fascinating defense of Marx’s theory of economics against illicj from supply-demand theorist, and austrian marxists.
The most fascinating aspect of this books is Rubin’s thesis that Marx’s theory of the commodity fetish underlies his ENTIRE economic analysis, and the nodal point at which all subsequent theories of capitalism emerge from. Most scholars take the theory of the commodity fetish as an interesting aside, dabbling in philosophy and not economics.
Many believe it can be rejected or accepted, but that either position has no bearing on the rest of Capital Vol I-III. Rubin contends otherwise, and he does a damn good job of justifying ixaak point. As a book of his essays it can mostly be read in scattered order, but a chronological reading is helpful for ascertaining Rubin’s thesis. Since each essay wrestles with various aspects of Marx’s theories often with far more detail than Marx ever providedit serves as a great reference book too, when you’re puzzling over issues like abstract labor, or value-price relations.
Unfortunately Rubin was eventually executed by Stalin, which I suppose attest to his actual legitimacy as a good Marxist theoretician. Mar 17, Dusan rated it it was amazing. Although Perlman’s introduction reads somehow dated, the Rubin essays are excellent introduction to all those isaka want to go beyond basic political economy and into Marx’ value theory.
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