A Critique of Political Economy is how Karl Marx subtitled Capital. Marx’s obsessive 40 year study of economic thought allowed him to develop his most important ideas. From Aristotle to Smith and Ricardo, Marx’s understanding of economic thought furnished his ability to understand and criticise capitalism. This talk is a conceptual history of Marx’s engagement with the ‘scientists’, ‘prophets’, ‘prize-fighters’ and ‘apologists’ of capital, presenting his theoretical innovations in his own terms, while also assessing the ongoing relevance of a critique of economic thought.
Karl Marx, Capital, Volume 1, trans. Ben Fowkes, Chapters 1-4.
I.I Rubin, A History of Economic Thought, trans. Donald Filtzer, Part 3 and 4.