Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey


Via Larval Subjects (via Rough Theory) – a series of lectures on Marx’s Capital by David Harvey is found here. This is useful as I’m sure despite the fact that many would claim to have read it, it’s probably not true – it’s certainly not true for me as I’ve read it here and there, but never really as a whole book but I certainly claimed to have read it, to behave otherwise would be so… unprofessional – here, I said it…

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4 thoughts on “Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey

  1. lol – I know a group of people locally who have decided to hold a “reading” group around these lectures. They don’t feel they have time to read Capital (it is rather a big book…), and so they are planning to download Harvey’s lectures, and meet to discuss those. I’ve been invited to join them, which causes a dilemma for me: I don’t have time to download and listen to Harvey’s lectures – do you think it’s okay if I rock up, having only read the text? 🙂

  2. Look, Mikhail, vol. 1 is for chumps. You’re just not in the game for professionalizing prevarication unless you pretend to have read vol. 3 AND Theories of Surplus Value. Which, by the way, I was re-reading the other evening. I consider the translations universally abysmal, and I’m considering one of my own.

    NP, I hope that answers your question… may I suggest you take party hats and kazoos so everyone can have the very best time.

  3. There’s volume THREE? Carl, I’m devastated – I thought “vol. 1” was one of those German philosophical fashions like “I am going to write the most systematic system of all systems starting with this volume 1 and then into eternity… [later] sorry, got distracted on fighting a war against all Europeans at once, will have to do with this one book on the matter, refuse to rename it in the light of the circumstances…”

    Seriously though I’ve been rather disturbed by Bayard’s book about talking about books you haven’t read – I thought it was going to be funny and tongue-in-cheek but it’s quite serious for the most part and addresses an issue I really haven’t seen in print before, that is, how we really don’t read the book we read or claim to have read – nothing psychological or super-theoretical, just the basic fact that we forget the books we’ve read in a very short time and then we read them again and selectively, so each of us has a very different memory (not just interpretation or a perspective) of the same book… In a sense, we’re all talking about a different book when we discuss, say, Kant’s first critique or Marx’s Capital.

    NP, I think you should come to the meetings without any preparation and then organize a separate group in which you can discuss the discussions of the original group’s discussions of Harvey’s lectures on Marx in which you will compare what eventually came down as the reading with the original text – do you guys have this game of “broken telephone” in US/Australia?

    PS. Carl, extra points on translation complaints – always a great way to be pretentious, it’s simple and yet effective due to the ambiguous nature of any translation, plus you can take on important people without actually engaging their ideas and simply by implying that you too know a foreign language.

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