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On the Dialectic of Labour in the Critique of Political Economy

  • Paresh Chattopadhyay
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Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss the contradictions inherent in the category of labour that Marx underlines in his different writings where labour is examined in its multiple existence—labour as such, abstract and concrete labour, necessary and surplus labour. Though the bulk of the chapter deals with labour in relation to commodity-capitalist society, it also touches upon, towards the end, the way the Critique of Political Economy (‘Critique’ for short) envisages labour in the “union of free individuals” (hereafter, “Association”) after capital goes out of existence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paresh Chattopadhyay
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  1. 1.University of Quebec in MontrealWestmountCanada

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