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By B. Cannon

Marxism's leader failing is its substitution of a labour thought of worth for the struggles of the labour stream. hence, Marxism rests on transhistorical different types which are susceptible to his personal critique of political economic climate. Jurgen Habermas and Axel Honneth search to right this by means of putting severe thought on a normative beginning. regrettably, they limit this to the cultural sphere. through extending their inspiration of intersubjectivity to the industrial process it may be considered as an inactive kind of morality which social events effect during their struggles.

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Otherwise capitalism would abolish the condition for the possibility of a transhistorically grounded critique. This distinction between an historical realm of exchange and a transhistorical realm of production also underlies Marx’s distinction between ‘classical’ and ‘vulgar’ political economy. Thus, on the one hand, Marx regards Ricardo’s attempts to abstract from the historical moment of exchange as ‘scientific’ because it reveals labour to be the source of value, while, on the other hand, he castigates Say for ‘floundering around within the apparent framework of those relations’ (Marx 1976, f/n, p.

It cannot be anything intrin- Marx’s Critiques 33 sic to use-values, argues Marx, as the only thing they have in common is their material differences. It must therefore be something that is added to use-values that enables them to exchange with one another. That something, argues Marx, is human labour. , p. 5 To this extent, the two-fold nature of commodities is matched by and predicated upon the two-fold nature of the labour that produces them. As material objects commodities are the products of ‘useful’ or ‘concrete labour’.

For this reason, the overcoming of estrangement is not identical with the overcoming of objectivity. On the contrary, Hegel is concerned to provide the objectivity of the social world with moral legitimacy in opposition to Rousseau’s democratic account of moral legitimacy. 24 Rethinking the Normative Content of Critical Theory Thus Marx’s decision to abandon the moment of ‘re-internalization’ to idealism not only serves to naturalize the objectivity of capitalist sociality but also to reify the normative content of Marxism, despite the fact that the very act of theorizing capitalist sociality serves to ‘re-internalize’ it.

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