Re: Foucualt and capital

This is certainly a superficial line of argument. It also seems unlikely to
do justice to Althusser's work, if it simply constitutes a means to then
introduce Bhaskar's (or Benton's) reading of Althusser as somehow

Rather than being an exercise in making a book on Marx sexier it might
reasonably be assumed that it was a strategy for generalising the features
of Marx's analysis of the labour-process to other forms of social
organization, which is what Foucault does to some extent in _Discipline and

For an interesting account of the relations between the works of Althusser
and Foucault in the early 1970s, see
Warren Montag, '"The soul is the prison of the body": Althusser and
Foucault, 1970-1975', in Jacques Lezra (ed.), _Depositions: Althusser,
Balibar, Macherey, and the Labor of Reading_, Yale University Press, New
Haven, 1985 (also published as _Yale French Studies_, No. 88), pp. 53-77.

On Althusser's and Macherey's work relative to structuralism, the following
is also useful (as is Montag's recent book):

Warren Montag, 'Althusser's nominalism: structure and singularity
(1962-1966)', _Rethinking Marxism_, 10(3), 1998.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Kelly" <mgekelly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2003 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: Foucualt and capital

> I haven't read all of marsden's book - I gave up on it because it didn't
> really seem to have much to do with Foucault. It seemed a really
> book about Marx though. Marsden in the early stages started pursuing lines
> like 'if Foucault is influenced by Althusser, then he was a realist' which
> seemed to be superficial to say the least as Foucault scholarship. My
> impression was that Foucault had been tacked on to make a book on Marx
> sexier. Not that I remotely blame Marsden for that or think that there is
> anything wrong with his scholarship in general.

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