What is money? What is capital? The Spectre of Capital tackles such fundamental questions at a deep philosophical level. It argues that the modern world is ruled by a ‘spectre’, the spectre of capital. This insight is rooted in an original combination of the ideas of Marx and Hegel. It presents the most sophisticated argument to date for ‘the homology thesis’, namely that the order of Hegel’s logical categories, and that of the social forms addressed by Marx’s Capital, share the same architectonic. The systematic-dialectical presentation shows how capital becomes a self-sustaining power.
Christopher J. Arthur studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford. He formerly taught philosophy at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Dialectics of Labour: Marx and his Relation to Hegel (Blackwell, 1986), and of The New Dialectic and Marx’s Capital (Brill, 2002).
Part 1 Object and Method
1 Capital and Social Form
2 Capital and the Actuality of the Ideal
3 Systematic Dialectic
4 The Two Dialectics of Capital: Analytic and Synthetic
5 With What Must the Critique of Capital Begin?
Part 2 The Ideal Constitution of Capital
Division ICapital in Its Notion 6 Commodity
Division IICapital Relation 9 Circulation
Division IIIThe System of Capital Introduction to Division III
12 Capital as a System of Capitals
13 The System of Industrial Capital
14 The Dual Ontology of Capital
15 Absolute Capital
16 Capital and Its Others: Labour and Land
17 The Spectre
18 Review of the Presentation
19 Beyond Capital and Class
Appendix 1: Commentary on Hegel’s Logic Appendix 2: Tables Glossary Select Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects
Specialists in Marx (of his Capital especially) and Hegel (of his Logic especially), in the critique of political economy, and post-graduate students in philosophy.