Andrea Micocci - Unusual Humean issues in materialistic political economy

jpe:10658 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, May 20, 2014, Volume VII Issue 2 -
Unusual Humean issues in materialistic political economyArticle

Authors: Andrea Micocci 1

  • 1 University of Malta [Malta]

Capitalism as we know it presents typical dialectical features that isolate it from nature, in which real oppositions make evolution revolutionary: A dialectical metaphysics replaces the free flow of events allowing capitalist relationships but preventing the practice of materialism. Some radically sceptical issues in Hume's Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion and A Treatise of Human Nature come useful here. A materialistic approach with complete (i.e., non-dialectical) ruptures in fact dovetails with Hume's argument on the unpredictability of nature and the predictability of human social activities. As a consequence, a thus renewed materialistic political economy concerned with the concrete must work out its own categories dynamically, to discard them once they have been proved metaphysical.

Volume: Volume VII Issue 2
Section: Articles
Published on: May 20, 2014
Imported on: December 28, 2022
Keywords: methodology,dialectics,Marxism,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences

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