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Marx's models

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Viewing Marx's mature work in the context of his research practices can help us deduce his synthesis of models of change within and between social systems with a model of capitalism and its historical development. Marx's conceptual strategy animates these descriptive and explanatory models. Abstract models function as descriptive and explanatory frameworks. Grasping the relationships between abstract models and concrete observations helps estimate a system's short-range, medium-term, and long-range projections. Two of the most notable concepts Marx utilized to describe systemic relationships of negativity are the inverted and antagonistic metaphors. Marx's methodology is meant to retain its usefulness for studying ongoing capitalist development on a global scale as well as its transition into a new era. Marx's dialectical models of history and system guide research in the same way a map helps one finding one's way through a physical landscape.

Keywords: abstract model; antagonistic metaphor; capitalism; inverted metaphor; Marx



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