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Analyse & Kritik

Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Ed. by Baurmann, Michael / Leist, Anton / Tranow, Ulf

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Volume 4, Issue 2


“Productive Forces” and “Relations of Production” in Marx

Wal Suchting
Published Online: 2016-05-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-1982-0202


This paper criticises the view that, according to Marx, “productive forces” determine “relations of production” and that the growth of the former basically determines the course of history. The particular version of this account discussed is that to be found in G.A. Cohen’s Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defence. The main part of this criticism in:-volves a presentation of what, it is suggested, was in fact Marx's conception of "productive forces", "relations of production" and their relations, and an identification of class-struggle as the primary factor at least for the historically significant periods with which Marx was concerned.

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Published Online: 2016-05-12

Published in Print: 1982-11-01

Citation Information: Analyse & Kritik, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 159–181, ISSN (Online) 2365-9858, ISSN (Print) 0171-5860, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-1982-0202.

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