[OPE-L:233] Uno's methodology

Iwao Kitamura (ikita@st.rim.or.jp)
Tue, 10 Oct 1995 07:06:21 -0700

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On Mon, 9 Oct 1995 09:58:05 -0700 Mike L. wrote:

>In message Thu, 5 Oct 1995 07:37:34 -0700,
> Tony Smith <tonys@iastate.edu> writes:
> Yet, there are other readings. Eg., Iwao may be able to comment on this
>with respect to Uno's concept of the "pure economy" in his reading of
I'm not one of Uno school-ers but can comment on this a bit.
Kozo Uno(1897-1977) argued that marxian economics is devided to
three stages. 1. principle 2. development of stages 3. current analysis.
He positioned Capital as a principle level theory. To his thought,
Capital handles only economical laws in 'pure' capitalism that
represented in the liberalist stage of british capitalism. He positioned
theory of imperialism, state monopolistic capitalism, etc as arguments
of development of stages. (Kozo Uno 'Keizai genron')
This three stage methodology is broadly accepted by marxian economists
besides Uno school-ers in Japan. I'm the one.
Uno hadn't leave any comment on the relationship of his methodology to
Taketani's three stages methodology of science in general. But I think
there was a relation. Taketani was a quantum physist and argued in 1946
that natural science developes as three stages, 1. phenomenon, 2. substance,
3. essence because nature itself has such structure. You might compare this
to 'Structure of scientific revolutions' by Thomas Kuhn.

I find Capital as a book _for_ working class struggle, to help workers to
understand capital, but not including the specific theory of wage labor.

# Uno, Kozo 'Keizai genron' (English)
Principles of political economy : theory of a purely capitalist society
translated from the Japanese by Thomas T.Sekine.
Brighton, Sussex : Harvester ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. :
ISBN: 0-391-01210-X

Iwao Kitamura
a member of theoretical study group
Socialist Association (Japan)
E-mail : ikita@st.rim.or.jp
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