Economic Determinism is a form of determinism that
explains social structure and culture
as a product of the social and technical organization of economic life. Karl Marx has been
described, many claim incorrectly, as an economic determinist.
Marx and Economic Determinism
Friends and enemies of Marx have caricatured his economic interpretation of history. With
historical examples we show how Marx used his economic variables, technology, productive
forces, and mode of production, in understanding the
evolution of society. Was Marx a technological determinist? What does it mean to say that
the economic base explains the superstructure "in the last analysis"? Does
Marx's model of economic change help us to understand the history of ancient classical
civilization? Is the materialist conception of history a theory or a method? - Donald
Hodges, Ross Gandy, People's Research Center, Mexico.
Jean-Paul Sartre on Economics
Jean-Paul Sartre rejected the notion of 'economic determinism' and embraced the notion of
'conditional freedom' in the realm of economics. - Nader Nazmi, Department of
Economics, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
It is shown that Sartre studied both classical and Marxian economics and offered
insightful comments on both. Not surprisingly, Sartre identified more with Marxian
economics and criticized classical and neoclassical economics. Sartre could not envision
human beings whose decisions and activities were solely determined by economic laws. He
rejected the notion of 'economic determinism' and embraced the notion of 'conditional
freedom' in the realm of economics.
Economic Determinism and the Ottoman Greek Community
Ross A. Rearick, Dr. Cole Woodcox, Faculty Mentor
This paper, through the use of historic and academic sources, attempts to shed light on
the phenomenon of religious tolerance within the Ottoman Empire specifically towards the
Ottoman Greek community. In addition to the simple informative aspect, the case will be
made that the history of the city of Constantinople and, later, Istanbul cannot be
examined without including this vital and influential group of entrepreneurs.
A critique of the Engels-Soviet version of
Marxian economic determinism
James P. Scanlan
Abstract In softening Marx' economic determinism, Engels appears to have rescued it from
absurdity. In fact, he has condemned it to vacuity: it seems to explain everything, while
in fact explaining nothing.
Lifelong Learning and the Limitations of Economic Determinism.
Authors: Bagnall, Richard G.
Abstract: Analysis of economic determinist discourses about lifelong learning finds
progressive, liberatory viewpoints marginalized or excluded. Economic discourse lacks
social vision and commitment to equity and commodifies education as a private good.
Educators with liberatory views must point the way to culturally progressive change. -
Varieties of Economic Determinism
Marx's Theory of History. by William H. Shaw
Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defence. by Gerald A. Cohen
Marxism and Class Theory: A Bourgeois Critique. by Frank Parkin
Rereading "Capital". by Ben Fine, Laurence Harris
Review author[s]: Donald Hodges, Ross Gandy
The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 1980), pp. 373-376 - jstor.org
Techno-Economic Determinism and the Work of Marx on Pre-Capitalist Societies
Josep R. Llobera - Man, New Series, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Jun., 1979), pp. 249-270
Abstract: This article challenges the received belief that Marx's conception of history
can be reduced to techno-economic determinism. To that effect, it considers the context in
which this particular interpretation of the Marxian social totality appeared and shows its
lasting influence in two anthropological traditions. Then it considers the extent to which
the Marxian texts vouch for such an interpretation. Finally, with reference to the
recently published work of Marx on primitive society, it argues that his explanations are
free from techno-economic determinism.
Paul Lafargue 1906 - Economic Determinism and the Natural and Mathematical
Source: Social Democrat, Vol. 10, no. 3, March 1906, pp. 137-145; - Transcribed: by Ted
"I may remark, in conclusion, that Marx did not present economic determinism as a
doctrine, but as a tool for historical research, valuable only according to the ability of
him who uses it. In his hands it has given us the theory of the class struggle, which
explains the political history of human society. If after an essay with economic
determinism Bax finds it defective, it is because, like all metaphysicians, he has been
unskilful in applying it, and, like the bad workman, he ascribes his own want of skill to
Economic determinism: a model of the political economy of medical care. -
Helt EH. - 1: International Journal Health Serv. 1973;3(3):475-85
The political economy of the welfare state in developed capitalist countries
Navarro V. - Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, USA.
The article analyzes the social, economic, and political changes taking place in developed
capitalist countries that are affecting their welfare states, in particular the changes in
the family, in people's life cycles, in economic and social structures, and, most
importantly, in the political contexts. The author shows how these changes take place and
how the ways in which various countries respond to them depend mainly on the correlation
of forces and their expression in the political space. The dominant theoretical frame
assumes that all governments, regardless of their political coloration, are forced to
follow the same policies because of the need to be competitive in the globalized economy,
where international markets determine what governments can and must do. Questioning this
economic determinism, the article recovers the importance of politics, putting politics at
the center of the explanation of what is happening in the welfare states of the developed
capitalist countries, including the neoliberal aggression against them.