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On the Nature of Marx's ThingsTranslation as Necrophilology$
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Jacques Lezra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279425

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279425.001.0001

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On the Nature of Marx's Things

Jacques Lezra

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter argues that what has come to be called the Marxian tradition takes shape around a long series of disavowals of Karl Marx's critical-political project. It takes Marx and his closest readers to have had their critical-political project in all its radicality in mind: as an account of wild mediation with every bit of edge ground into it. Because it does not sit well with mechanisms of capture, of value-production, of universal translation, of disciplinarization; with mechanisms that link, however dialectically, the “world” with the “local;” this project has remained a peripheral, contested, mostly unrecognized aspect of the Marxian tradition.

Keywords:   Karl Marx, Marxian tradition, critical-political project, capitalism, neoliberal capitalism

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