Efficient material-abstraction : towards a critical materialist pragmatics
Mandarini, Matteo (1998) Efficient material-abstraction : towards a critical materialist pragmatics. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Marx's critique remains the most incisive analysis of capitalism to date, though the
transformations which capitalism has undergone require that his conceptual apparatus
be radically overhauled. I have attempted to do so through a topological twisting of his
conceptual assemblage, highlighting new elements and relations. In this way I am lead
to questions of time already highlighted by Marx, in relation to an immanent and
constitutive ontology. However, my primary concern remains with the contemporary
strategies of capitalist command, and the new conditions and strategies of resistance it
Concrete/Abstract: or. The German Ideology - i)The question of ideology, the failure
of its problematic, and the initial step beyond: fetishism as 'dissimulation objective'
(Deleuze); ii) the function of money and the emergent 'truth in practice' of an ontology
of efficient material-abstraction.
Total Critique is a Pragmatics - i) The transformation of Critique from partial to Total,
and the emergence of a differential materialist ontology, ii) the critique of the labour
theory of value, and the transformation of capitalism into a project of heterogeneity
management (fundamental ontology).
Subsumption - i) An account of Braudel's notion of the anti-market, and a critique of the
reduction of the anti-market to capitalism; ii) an account of real subsumption in terms of a
Time and Resistance - i) A re-reading of 'historical determinism' in the light of Marx's
letters to Vera Zasulich on the Russian commune; ii) the question of becoming as
opposed to history through a diagramming of masses rather than the contraposing of
classes; iii) temporality as motor of flight/control: the syntheses of time as a
diagramming of efficient capitalist material-abstraction, and of the strategies of a
critical materialist pragmatics.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Capitalism, Marx, Karl, 1818-1883 -- Criticism and interpretation, Materialism|
|Official Date:||August 1998|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Philosophy|
|Extent:||iv, 214 p.|
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