on the formation of the NewGermanReadingofMarx. 1 Before proceeding to these matters, however, I provide a few preliminary remarks on the Anglophone reception of Adorno, which are intended to show the importance of the seminar transcript for Anglophone scholarship on Adorno, Western Marxism, and
The following is the transcript of a lecture taken in shorthand by Hans-Georg Backhaus. The transcript was originally published as an appendix in Hans-Georg Backhaus, Dialektik der Wertform. Untersuchungen zur marxschen Ökonomiekritik (Freiburg: ça ira, 1997), a complete translation of which is forthcoming in the Historical Materialism book series.
-Form Theory’ is the term that is commonly applied to a strand of Marxian scholarship that emerged from the NewGermanReadingofMarx in the later 1960s, partly in response to Adorno’s teaching, and partly to the publication of Marx’s Grundrisse . It consists of an attempt to re-interpret Marx’s theory of
, welfare state. 28
As Michael Heinrich, a proponent of the NewGermanReadingofMarx [ Neue Marx-Lektüre ], explains, ‘state social welfare measures are usually contingent on the sale of labour-power (or the willingness to sell one’s labour-power).’ 29 That was also the case in the former Yugoslavia