[OPE-L] Michio Morishima, 1923-2004

From: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
Date: Thu Mar 24 2005 - 08:53:34 EST

I don't think we have taken note yet of the death this past July
of Michio Morishima.  It is hard to believe that anyone who 
seriously studied Marxian economics in the 1970s was
not aware of his writings.  He was certainly an influential figure
for my generation of radical economists, but what exactly
was that influence?

A short obituary from _The Japan Times_
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An announcement by LSE: < http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/pressAndInformationOffice/newsAndEvents/archives/2004/Michio_Morishima.htm 
From December, 2004, a tribute at a memorial meeting 
by Kotaro Suzumura:
< http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/tribute/Suzumura.pdf >
older New School page on Morishima:
< http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/profiles/morish.htm


While Morishima was not a Marxian, he was certainly widely
read by radical economists, especially in the 1970s.  While
you might not agree with his perspective in _Marx's Economics_
(Cambridge University Press, 1973), I don't think there can be
any doubt that it was a sympathetic critique of Marx.  What,
though, was his influence on the generation of Marxians who read 
this book?   Are there some aspects of his critique that we should
accept as valid?  

In solidarity, Jerry

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