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On the Nature of Marx's Things: Translation as Necrophilology

Jacques Lezra


This book traces to Karl Marx's earliest writings on the Epicurean tradition, a subterranean, Lucretian practice that this book calls “necrophilological translation.” “Translation” here is extensively used and covers practices that put different natural and national languages into relation, often across periods, but also practices or mechanisms internal to each language. Necrophilological translation has a troubling, definitive influence in Marx's thought and in his wake. It entails a radical revision of what counts as translation, and wholly new ways of imagining what an “object” is; “matter; ... More

Keywords: Karl Marx, Epicurean tradition, necrophilological translation, language, value-form theory, sovereignty, political philosophy, correlationism, humanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823279425
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823279425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques Lezra, author
University of California, Riverside