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Title:An Aristotelian View of Marx's method PDF Logo
Authors:Cline, Nathaniel
McColloch, William
Ford, Kirsten
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working Paper, University of Utah, Department of Economics 2011-08
Abstract:A number of Marxist scholars have tied aspects of Marx's thought to certain Aristotelian categories, yet remarkably little is said of Marx's dialectical materialism in this literature. Here we attempt to lay a foundation for such an effort, paying particular attention to the way in which Aristotle's mediated starting point resonates in Marx's method. While Hegel is able to grasp man's self-creation as a process, his dialectical method proceeds from an unmediated starting point, and impresses Idealism upon the Aristotelian categories. In rejecting the Idealist dimensions of Hegel's dialectic, Marx implicitly reclaims the materialist dimensions of Aristotle's system. It will be argued here that such an interpretation sheds important light on the nature of Marx's departure from Hegel, and on his method in Capital.
Subjects:Marx
Aristotle
Hegel
Methodology
JEL:B00
B14
B49
B51
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics Working Paper Series, University of Utah

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