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An Aristotelian View of Marx�s Method


  • Nathaniel Cline
  • William McColloch
  • Kirsten Ford


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.

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  • Nathaniel Cline & William McColloch & Kirsten Ford, 2011. "An Aristotelian View of Marx�s Method," Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Utah 2011_08, University of Utah, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uta:papers:2011_08

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    Marx; Aristotle; Hegel; Methodology JEL Classification: B000; B140; B490; B510;

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