Re: Foucault and capital

It seems that Marsden reinterprets both Marx and Foucault via the 'critical
realism' of Bhaskar et al.
This apparently overcomes what is depicted as the "deeply problematic"
character of previous attempts to combine Marx and Foucault. I guess it
would depend on which Marx and which Foucault one was talking about!
Personally I find Bhaskar's work to be deeply problematic, and one doesn't
need to be a postmodernist to think so. Wal Suchting, author of _Marx and
Philosophy_ and no fan of "postmodernism" as an epistemological position,
was a prominent critic of Bhaskar (see his review of Bhaskar's book in
_Radical Philosophy_ in the early 90s) but an appreciator of Marx,
Althusser, and Foucault who did not see too many problems in combining them.
My guess is that the incompatibility that Marsden postulates between Marx
and Foucault probably arises somewhere around the truth-power and
ideology-science issues, and that the main interest arises from the
similarities between Marx's analysis of the labour-process and Foucault's
work on discipline, with the schism arising somewhere around Foucault's
treatment of the 'repressive hypothesis'.
Only guesses but I've read a fair bit of this literature.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David McInerney" <borderlands@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: Foucualt and capital

> I haven't read this book, but have seen it listed for sale on the web.
> might want to look at some of the author's other publications, listed on
> website:
> The following two in particular look like they might be on similar topic
> matter:
> "The Unknown masterpiece: Marx's model of capital". Cambridge Journal of
> Economics. Volume 22, Number 3, May 1998, pp. 297-324.
> "A Political Technology of the Body: How Labour is Organized into a
> Productive Force". Critical Perspectives on Accounting. Vol. 9, No. 1,
> February 1, 1998 pp. 99-136.
> Blurb from Routledge catalogue:
> Marx after Foucault
> Richard Marsden,
> Athabasca University, Canada
> The synthesis of Marx and Foucault has
> traditionally been seen within the social
> sciences as deeply problematic. The author
> overturns this received wisdom by subjecting
> both thinkers to an original re-reading
> through the lens of the philosophy of critical
> realism.
> The Nature of Capital overturns traditional
> interpretations of Marx, presents an accessible
> and comprehensive account of the development
> of his model of capital and demonstrates its
> ability to explain modern societies.
> Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
> September 1999: 234x156: 288pp
> Hb: 0-415-19861-5: £60.00
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ali Rizvi" <ali_m_rizvi@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <foucault@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 5:27 PM
> Subject: Foucualt and capital
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > have any body on here, read the following book,
> > The Nature of Capital : Marx After Foucault
> > by Richard Marsden
> >
> > if so any thoughts on it?
> >
> > i cant find the book anywhere around me. try to get an idea.
> >
> > regards
> > ali
> >
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