Questions and concepts for session I.

General questions:

– Why do you think it is important to read Capital?

– What do you want to get out of these discussions?

And some things to consider when doing the reading (Ch. I Sections 1 & 2):

– What is a commodity?

– Why does Marx start a book on capital with the commodity?

– What can the contents of these first two sections tell us about Marx’s methodology (historical materialism)?

– What is value? Where does it come from?

– What is use-value? 

– What is exchange-value? When does exchange value historically occur?

– What are the dual characteristics of labour? In what ways do they differ?

– What does Marx mean by “socially necessary labour-time”? 

 

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