Systematic-dialectical exposition by chapter
Chapters 1–5 set out an increasingly concrete exposition of the capitalist economy: first its conditions of existence and next its manifestations. The same applies to Chapters 6–10 for the capitalist state.
The reader may wish to read the book in this order. However, Chapter 6 equally provides the grounds of Chapter 1. As does Chapter 7 for Chapter 2, and so forth. The book has been written in such a way that the reader might also read the book in this zigzag order [1;6], [2;7] and so on. This is further amplified on in the General Introduction.
The systematic core of the text makes up about half of the book. The rest consists of ‘explications’, ‘amplifications’ and ‘addenda’ of/on the core text, variously serving the less advanced and the advanced reader in a field – these can be read according to the reader’s requirements, or skipped without losing the main thread of the core text.