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Nothing Is Hidden: A Wittgensteinian Interpretation of Sraffa


  • Andrews, David R


In light of Piero Sraffa's well-known influence on Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophical thoughts, John Davis argues that there is an analogy between Sraffa's criticism of Marshall and Wittgenstein's Sraffa-inspired criticism of his Tractatus Logico- Philosopshicus. However, Wittgenstein criticized not only the particular theory he had in the Tractatus but also the whole construction of the problem that the Tractacus was intended to solve. This paper argues that, analogously, Sraffa's work implies a criticism not simply of the neoclassical theory of value but of the whole construction of the problem that the neoclassical theory of value was intended to solve. (c) 1996 Academic Press Limited Copyright 1996 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Andrews, David R, 1996. "Nothing Is Hidden: A Wittgensteinian Interpretation of Sraffa," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 20(6), pages 763-777, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:20:y:1996:i:6:p:763-77

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    1. Ajit Sinha, 2007. "Reading Sraffa: The Philosophical Underpinnings of Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities," Working Papers id:1023, eSocialSciences.
    2. John Davis, 2002. "Gramsci, Sraffa, Wittgenstein: philosophical linkages," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 384-401.

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