Capital Par Excellence: On Money as an obscure thing

Estudios de Filosofía (Universidad de Antioquia) 62:33-56 (2020)
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Abstract

Against the background of the contemporary debate about financialisation, the paper conceptualises the capitalist labour economy as fundamentally a monetary system. It argues that money is not a capitalist means of organising its labour economy but that it is rather a capitalist end. The argument examines and finds wanting conceptions of money in political economy, including Keynesianism and neoliberalism, and argues that the debate about financialisation is fundamentally based on the propositions of political economy. It holds that Marx’s critique of political economy conceives of money as the form of value and expounds money-making as the purpose of the capital labour economy. Thus, the labour theory of value is fundamentally a monetary theory of value, labour is the means of valorisation, and that is, of money in process, and as such capital. Making money out of money is capital as its most rational. In the form of credit, money posits wealth as a claim on future surplus value.

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Werner Bonefeld
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Beyond instrumental rationality. For a critical theory of freedom.Jana Katharina Funk - 2021 - Estudios de Filosofía (Universidad de Antioquia) 63:91-108.
Capital Par Excellence: On Money as an obscure thing.Werner Bonefeld - 2020 - Estudios de Filosofía (Universidad de Antioquia) 62:33-56.

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