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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 November 7th 1993 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1959)
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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.
Meghan Fidler
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

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
sort of like a mixture of an economics textbook, a rollicking leninist speech to the commintern and james joyce's "finnean's wake."
Farzaneh Shafah
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.
Sep 14, 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.

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Aug 22, 2015 Rudy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sociologists, historians.
Economics related parts embrassingly trite. Some rather interesting sociological insights. Mostly biased critiques of Smith and Ricardo appear.
Danny Wardle
Essential pre-Capital reading.
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.
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.
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.
Victoria Durden
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.
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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.
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
Began studying this more systematically this summer along with the post-marxist thinkers known as Autonomia

too damn longwinded, too little substance. hundreds of pages spent to make basic points about industry.
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An important work by Marx, though less refined than "Das Kapital."
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In 1818, Karl Marx, descended from a long line of rabbis, was born in Prussian Rhineland. Marx's' father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl's birth. Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in 1844 in Paris. After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which "banished" Marx in
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