The Breakdown of Capitalism: A History of the Idea in Western Marxism, 1883-1983

1st Edition

F. R. Hansen

Routledge
Published July 16, 2018
Reference - 178 Pages
ISBN 9781138229952 - CAT# Y308682
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The History of Economic Thought

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Summary

This comprehensive and lucid study, first published in 1985, reconstructs the history of Western Marxist theories of the breakdown of capitalism. It provides a critical reading of theories of breakdown, with their conflicting interpretations of a single text, their invulnerability to empirical defeat, and their retreat from class analysis, as events in the history of ideas. This study traces the sources of theoretical conflict in a series of historical and epistemological issues that shift over time and generate new conditions for speculations concerning the fate of the system. In seeking to understand that durability of the concept of breakdown, the author raises important questions about the social conditions and consequences of theoretical work and the status of critical thought in society. This title will be of interest to students of history and economics.

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