Friday, September 01, 2006


But then they do say Mein Kampf is hilarious once you realise he's being sarcastic...

In his 1981 Philosophy and Public Affairs article "A Critique and Reinterpretation of Marx's Labour Theory of Value", Robert Paul Wolf makes the following parenthetical remark:

the ironic structure of Capital is, in my judgement, indispensable to its theoretical purposes, and not merely a literary grace or an expression of Marx's personal anger. However, that is a dimension of the correct interpretation of Marx's theory which cannot be dealt within this paper.

I wonder did he go on to deal with it elsewhere? That "indispensable to its theoretical purposes" is quite a strong claim, and it sounds like the kind of thing that'd be interesting to see defended. I'm reminded of Francis Wheen's books');" onmouseout="window.status='';" href="http://books">,,1814909,00.html">line on Capital, of which Marc Mulholland was rather sceptical.

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