Episode 2.6: The History of Subsumption

Frank Stella, “Die Fahne Hoche!” enamel on canvas, 308.6 x 185.4 cm, 1959.

This week we are discussing the historiography of class conflict. Endnotes critically analyse the Marxist category of subsumption, originating in Kant and Hegel. Kant uses the concept in his epistemological distinction between synthetic and analytic; Hegel extends it to the metaphysical subsumption of one subject to another. Finally, Marx uses the concept into a materialist critique of capitalist social relations, where labour is subsumed by capital. Endnotes establish their critical position in relation to the contemporary literature of Antonio Negri, Jacques Camatte, Theorie Communiste, and the legacy of “programmatism” (Leninism).

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Episode 2.1: Crisis in the Class Relation

Altarbilder, Grupp X, nr 1. Altarbild, 1915 Olja och bladmetall på duk 237,5 × 179,5 cm HAK187 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk

Owen Gilbride and I have been recording a new podcast, discussing every essay in the Endnotes series. We are beginning with Endnotes no. 2 “Misery and the Value-Form” because I didn’t order no. 1.

The first episode of the podcast is out now. You can add this URL to your podcast apps. You can also watch on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe). The essay under review can be read here.

As with everything good, we are doing this for our own edification.

The music in the show is by Owen, a prolific musician–check out more of his music here–and I am very grateful for his engineering skills.

The thumbnail shows a detail from Hilma af Klimt’s “Altarpiece,” the first in her “Group X” series of paintings. It because it seems to represent the ascension to mystical heights of knowledge that you will undergo by listening and subscribing to this podcast.

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