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Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy

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Written during the winter of 1857-8, the Grundrisse was considered by Marx to be the first scientific elaboration of communist theory. A collection of seven notebooks on capital and money, it both develops the arguments outlined in the Communist Manifesto (1848) and explores the themes and theses that were to dominate his great later work Capital. Here, for the first time, ...more
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Published April 29th 1993 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1959)
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Oct 22, 2013 Crispy rated it it was amazing
The best thing Marx wrote, or in my view at least, the most readable of his works on political economy. Poetic and passionate at times, as well as truly scholarly. This is basically the detailed outline and research notes for his later more well known work, Das Kapital. There is a useful introduction and it is well indexed. The Grundrisse rewards patient study.
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Oct 20, 2011 Meghan Fidler rated it really liked it
The Grundrisse was a forerunner for Marx's more famous texts. It still contains rough edges, but it begins the intricate process of treating money as a social relation, exposing the contradictions between these social relationships, and setting the results of this treatment into a historical perspective.

Marx can speak for himself on this one:

“Only with capital is exchange value posited as exchange value in such a way that it preserves itself in circulation: it neither becomes substance less, no
Jan 03, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The early Marx was always more interesting to me then the later Marx. This is the Marx that was still a radical philosophical anthropologist -and not an exponent of a System- in search of the animal Man. If there are only two interesting lines of descent (a large exaggeration, I know) in modern political philosophy –1: Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Postmodernism; 2: Hegel, Marx, Lukacs, Kojeve, Western Marxism – then it behooves us to be conversant in both lineages. Here the materialist di
May 08, 2008 Myka rated it it was amazing
sort of like a mixture of an economics textbook, a rollicking leninist speech to the commintern and james joyce's "finnean's wake."
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Aug 07, 2015 Farzaneh Shafah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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خواندن این کتاب مثل دیگر آثار کلاسیک دشوار است و به کندی پیش می رود. فکر می کنم شاید کم تر از نصف کتاب را فهمیدم اما برای آنهایی که می خواهند فهم عمیقی از مفهوم کار، ماهیت کالا و بازار سرمایه داری داشته باشند به شدت توصیه می شود.
Victoria Durden
May 02, 2014 Victoria Durden rated it it was amazing
Obviously a thorough critique of political economy... Reviewing this seems pointless. Marx's notebooks reveal a highly useful analysis. You won't be able to un-know this book's concepts once you read it; illuminating, verbose, and sassy--as usual.
Dec 18, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference
...en los Grundrisse Marx todavía pensaba que la dialéctica hegeliana proporciona la matriz de todo el movimiento histórico, desde la prehistoria a la alienación capitalista y a su «asunción» en la revolución comunista.

Viviendo en el Final de los Tiempos Pág.237

Marx explicó los orígenes económicos de los Estados Unidos al analizar al economista norteamericano Henry Charles Carey. Los Estados Unidos son “un país donde la sociedad burguesa no se desarrolló sobre las bases del sistema feudal, sino
Danny Wardle
Jan 01, 2015 Danny Wardle rated it it was amazing
Essential pre-Capital reading.
Aug 27, 2008 Mitch rated it really liked it
This is such a challenging work (I read it in conjunction with Antonio Negri's Marx Beyond Marx, which added a lot) because it is literally where Marx worked out his ideas. It can be read without resorting to ideology, and should be if you want to explore this extraordinary mind at work. He's wrong a lot when it comes to solutions, but his critique of political economy is often powerful and useful.
Feb 27, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Not for the politically-economic faint-of-heart. Useful for getting a deeper sense of how Marx puts ideas together and seeing his political-economic theory's base as he lays out the essentials he would elaborate in DAS KAPITAL. Really for hardcore Marxists, historians of ideas, and political theorists.
Jan 10, 2013 Grant rated it liked it
I think I probably understood 10-15% of it since as soon as he launnched into those algebraic type formulas my eyes just glazed over. The best bits the more Hegelian ones IMO. Now keen to return to Postones' Time Labour and Social Domination ready to appreciate it in more depth.
Dec 16, 2015 Rudy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sociologists, historians.
Shelves: economics
Economics related parts embrassingly trite. Some rather interesting sociological insights. Mostly biased critiques of Smith and Ricardo appear.
Feb 11, 2009 Dietcokedick is currently reading it
I'm not actually READING all this any time soon, I just have a copy for reference because there's some pretty good quotes in here.
Mar 19, 2014 Lundriguez rated it it was amazing
I only read the introduction. It's fantastic. Every page is quotable.
Marc Livingstone
It was only by reading this book that I discovered that a savage who throws a rock at a bird is not engaged in productive labour
Aug 22, 2011 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Began studying this more systematically this summer along with the post-marxist thinkers known as Autonomia
Jun 10, 2007 Alex rated it it was ok

too damn longwinded, too little substance. hundreds of pages spent to make basic points about industry.
Apr 27, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
Kapitalismens förhistoria. Innehåller oumbärliga analytiska verktyg
Jun 08, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
An important work by Marx, though less refined than "Das Kapital."
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