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Time in Marx
The Categories of Time in Marx’s Capital
An original reading of the logic of all three volumes of Capital which takes time as its starting point.
Time in Marx demonstrates that the basic concepts of the three volumes of Capital come under different categories of time: "time of production" in volume one is linear, “time of circulation” in the second is circular, while in the third volume “organic time” is the unity of the two. Capitalist relations emerge as a definite organization of social time that obeys its own intrinsic criteria and operates as an autonomous, social subject.
  • "With time as his starting point, Stavros Tombazos sheds light on the general intelligibility of Capital and the originality of its own logic… A frequent critique directed at Marx is that he remains tributary of the determinist epistemology of his time. This work draws our attention to an opposite tendency of his thought, ready to welcome the contemporary developments of fuzzy logic, chaos theory, the unity between chance and necessity.”
    —Daniel Bensaïd

    “Time in Marx constitutes a significant and original contribution to the ongoing debate over the relationship between Hegel and Marx…[it] is replete with interesting insights into many aspects of Marx’s work. Particularly worthy of note are his remarks on the non-equilibrium character of Marx’s value theory, his analysis of the determinations of socially-necessary labour-time, and a six page assessment of Marx on ground-rent which is a model of clarity”
    —Pete Green, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

    “The title of this book could have been Reading Capital, had this title not already been used: reading the whole of Capital, with a scrupulous loyalty to the order of its reasons… ‘Time’ appears as the most adequate consideration with respect to this aim, to be precise the successive times intersecting and over-determining each other… The exposition of the theory of fetishism forms the core of Tombazos’s work. I believe that, of the entire literature dedicated to this issue, Tombazos’s elucidation is the best.”
    —George Labica