The book provides new vistas on Karl Marx’s political economy, philosophy and politics on the occasion of his 200th birthday.
Often using hitherto unknown material from the recently published Marx- Engels Gesamtausgabe (the MEGA2 edition), the contributions throw new light on Marx’s works and activities, the sources he used and the discussions he had, correcting received opinions on his doctrines. The themes dealt with include Marx’s concepts of alienation and commodity fetishism, the labour theory of value and the theory of exploitation, Marx’s studies of capital accumulation and economic growth and his analysis of economic crises and of the labour contract. Novel developments in the reception of his works in France and the UK conclude the volume.
This book was originally published as a special issue of The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought.
Table of Contents
1. ‘Marx at 200’: introductory remarks
Gilbert Faccarello and Heinz D. Kurz
The formative years
2. Not a man of solid principles. The relevance of Edgar Bauer’s polemical portrait of Karl Marx in his 1843 novel Es leben feste Grundsätze!
Herbert De Vriese
3. “Alienation” and critique in Marx’s manuscripts of 1857–58 (“Grundrisse”)
4. Error or absurdity? A non-cognitive approach to commodity fetishism
Around the new MEGA
5. Concepts in examining the legacy of Karl Marx
6. Will the MEGA2 edition be a watershed in interpreting Marx?
Heinz D. Kurz
7. Re-examining the authorship of the Feuerbach chapter in The German Ideology on the basis of a hypothesis of dictation
8. Marx, primitive accumulation, and the impact of Sismondi
9. Marx’s reproduction schemes and multi-sector growth models
10. New aspects of Marx’s economic theory in MEGA: Marx’s original six-sector model
11. The Books of Crisis and Tooke-Newmarch excerpts: a new aspect of Marx’s crisis theory in MEGA
12. Marx on rent: new insights from the new MEGA
13. Is Marx’s absolute rent due to a monopoly price?
Saverio Maria Fratini
14. Use values and exchange values in Marx’ extended reproduction schemes
Carlo Benetti, Alain Béraud, Edith Klimovsky and Antoine Rebeyrol
15. James Steuart and the making of Karl Marx’s monetary thought
Rebeca Gomez Betancourt and Matari Pierre Manigat
16. Labour values and energy values: some developments on the common substance of value since 1867
17. The employment contract with externalized costs: the avatars of Marxian exploitation
Rodolphe Dos Santos Ferreira and Ragip Ege
18. Marx and Kalecki on aggregate instability and class struggle
Michaël Assous and Antonin Pottier
19. Searching for New Jerusalems: P.H. Wicksteed’s “Jevonian” critique of Marx’s Capital
Michael V. White
20. The reception of Marx in France: La Revue Socialiste (1885–1914)
Gilbert Faccarello is Professor at the University of Paris II Panthéon- Assas, France, a founding editor of The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and co- Editor of the Routledge Historical Resources site devoted to the history of economic thought.
Heinz D. Kurz is Professor Emeritus at the Graz Schumpeter Centre, Austria, a founding editor of The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought and, together with Gilbert Faccarello, co- Editor of the Routledge Historical Resources site on the history of economic thought.