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Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapter 1 The title of Volume 1, Capitalist Production, indicates Marx's focus on examining the constituent parts of capitalist pr... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 2–3 Marx opens Chapter 2 with a reminder that commodities are just items and cannot take themselves to market. They need h... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 4 Marx defines trade as "the production of commodities and their circulation in its developed form." Money is a form of ca... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 5 In this chapter, Marx points out a crucial contradiction. If surplus-value cannot arise from the basic exchange of commo... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapter 6 Marx begins to unpack the issue left unresolved in the last chapter: how capital is created when commodities are bought ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapter 7 Chapter 7 continues to investigate the concept of labor. Marx proposes to examine the labor process "independently of an... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapters 8–9 The value of the product of labor has multiple factors. The values of all of the parts of labor—the worker's labor, th... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapter 10 Marx opens Chapter 10 with a reiteration of the variable nature of the working day. It is difficult to pinpoint the mini... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapter 11 In this chapter Marx primarily focuses on defining the "mass of surplus-value." In other words he explains how to calcul... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 4, Chapters 12–13 Here Marx introduces the concept of "relative surplus-value." Though surplus-value has been treated so far as a consta... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 4, Chapters 14–15 According to Marx, there are two basic types of manufacturing in the capitalist system. In the first type the workers ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 5, Chapters 16–18 In this chapter, Marx addresses the definition of productive labor, explaining that "it is no longer necessary for the... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 6, Chapters 19–22 In Chapter 19 Marx examines the question, "How is the price of labor determined?" He proposes that the price at which ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 7, Chapters 23–25 Marx begins Chapter 23 with the concept that "every social process of production is at the same time a process of repr... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 8, Chapters 26–33 Chapter 26 deals with the concept of "primitive accumulation," a type of accumulation that happened before capitalist ... Read More
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