Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason

Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason

by David Harvey


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Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason by David Harvey

Karl Marx's Capital is one of the most important texts written in the modern era. Since 1867, when the first of its three volumes was published, it has had a profound effect on politics and economics in theory and practice throughout the world. But Marx wrote in the context of capitalism in the second half of the nineteenth century: his assumptions and analysis need to be updated in order to address to the technological, economic, and industrial change that has followed Capital's initial publication.

In Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason, David Harvey not only provides a concise distillation of his famous course on Capital, but also makes the text relevant to the twenty-first century's continued processes of globalization. Harvey shows the work's continuing analytical power, doing so in the clearest and simplest terms but never compromising its depth and complexity.

Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason provides an accessible window into Harvey's unique approach to Marxism and takes readers on a riveting roller coaster ride through recent global history. It demonstrates how and why Capital remains a living, breathing document with an outsized influence on contemporary social thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190691486
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 172,479
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School, where he has taught since 2001. His course on Marx's Capital, developed with students over 40 years, has been downloaded by over two million people since appearing online in 2008. He is also the author of The Enigma of Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, and The Ways of the World.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Visualization of Capital as Value in Motion
Chapter 2: Capital, The Book
Chapter 3: Money as the Representation of Value
Chapter 4: Anti-Value: The Theory of Devaluation
Chapter 5: Prices without Values
Chapter 6: The Question of Technology
Chapter 7: The Space and Time of Value
Chapter 8: The Production of Value Regimes
Chapter 9: The Madness of Economic Reason

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