[OPE-L:409] Method

glevy@acnet.pratt.edu (glevy@acnet.pratt.edu)
Sat, 4 Nov 1995 01:57:28 -0800

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Duncan wrote [OPE-L: 406]:

> No method guarantees scientifically interesting results.

Please explain.

> Marx ... tried a number of different strategies. I think the one he
>settled on in the first volume of Capital was aimed at emphasizing the
>continuity between his thought and Smith and Ricardo's. It might have
>been more Marxist for him to start with historical materialism.

It is too easy to misinterpret the meaning of short e-mail messages, so
I'm going to have to ask Duncan to explain more about the above.

1) Marx intended Capital to be a "Critique of Political Economy." This,
by itself, suggests that he viewed his theory as a radical departure,
rather than a "continuity", from classical political economy. You would
agree, correct?

2) The method of Smith and Ricardo was *radically* different than Marx's
method of investigation, correct? In particular, wouldn't you agree that
Marx's systematic dialectical method re the ordering and
inter-relationship of categories (influenced by Hegel) is a very
different method of enquiry from either classical political economy or
contemporary (e.g. marginalist, surplus approach, Post-Keynesian, etc.)
economic thought?

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