The Evolution of the Concept of Value and its Historical Ground: From Marx’s Dialogue with Aristotle

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Marx’s originality in dualizing the concept of value into the forms and the substance of value. Then,
Kozo Uno’s theoretical intervention on Marx’s dialogue with Aristotle is introduced. The dialogue
is thus converted into a three-cornered talk among three giant theoreticians. Brilliant debates
among Aristotle, Marx and Uno would lead us to reconsider the evolution of the concept of value
and its historical ground. This issue is surely related with the problem of how to understand the
historically specific nature of market economy and capitalist economy. It would also inspire anew
a methodological relationship between historical materialism and the basic theories of Marxian
political economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-204
Number of pages12
JournalWorld Review of Political Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011



  • Marx
  • Aristotle
  • Uno
  • forms of value
  • labor theory of value

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