Seaford’s recent work has revived and further substantiated a line of argument that had been developed by Marxist scholars claiming a central role for money in the genesis of philosophical thought. In a nutshell, this line of argument holds that beneath the abstractions in which philosophy breathes and with which philosophy works we can trace the real abstraction of the money form as embodiment of abstract social labour. Following this perspective, I will try to demonstrate the role money plays in Plato’s Republic, focusing on Book i.
Sohn-Rethel 1973; Müller1977. For a discussion of the relevance of Sohn-Rethel’s analysis of real abstraction to contemporary capitalism and debates about the status of abstraction cf. Toscano 2008, pp. 279–82. For a brief summary of Sohn-Rethel’s main argument on real abstraction cf. Seaford 2012, pp. 78–82.