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 was an economic determinist. We show
how Marx used his economic variables, technology, productive
forces, and mode of production, in understanding the
evolution of society.
Marx and Economic
Determinism: 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
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. 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. With reference to the recently
published work of Marx on primitive society, it argues that his explanations are free from
Economic Determinism and the Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Paul
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, like all metaphysicians, and, like the bad workman, he ascribes his own want
of skill to the tools.
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 dominant theoretical frame assumes that all governments, 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.