By Manuel Sacristan, Renzo Llorente
The Marxism of Manuel Sacristan: From Communism to the hot Social hobbies bargains a considerable choice of the most major writings on Marx, Marxism, and radical social thought through Spain's most vital Marxist thinker
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Marx attempts to resolve these discrepancies among the critics with a distinction between method of inquiry and method of presentation. The main, widely cited passage can be summarised in the following lines: [T]he method of presentation must differ in form from that of inquiry. The latter has to appropriate the material in detail, to analyse its different forms of development, to trace out their inner connection. Only after this work is done, can the actual movement be adequately described. 18 The appearance of an a priori construction is due to the dialectical reconstruction.
There are quotations that often appear to be based on the cited authors’ statements regarding non-literary facts, an appeal to authority [procedimiento por autoridades], which of course would be unacceptable in science. 26 This explanation is partly and perhaps largely correct, namely, in that the mature Marx’s tendency in research led to a clear separation of criticism and theory. However, as I have said, I do not think that is the whole story: in the beginning, in his youthful project in economics, Marx had not distinguished between the positive treatment – the ‘real treatment’, as he put it – and the critical treatment, the study of the literature.
In Lecturas de filosofía moderna y contemporánea, edited by Albert Domingo Curto, Madrid: Editorial Trotta. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. ‘On the Centenary of Karl Marx’s Death’ 2004 , ‘En el primer centenario del fallecimiento de K. Marx’, in Escritos sobre El Capital (y textos afines), edited by Salvador López Arnal, Barcelona: Fundación de Investigaciones Marxistas/Ediciones de Intervención Cultural/ El Viejo Topo. 2 Dates in square brackets indicate original date of composition/production.