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Marx’s Critique Of Political Economy And Activity Theory

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For Marx, capital is an historically specific system of activity within which all activity tends to the expansion of capital, that is, towards the command of a larger and larger proportion of the total social labor under capital. In effect, Leontyev tried to extend CHAT into a social theory without a concept of the subject matter, retaining only a unit which had been developed for the purposes of psychology. The point is not to rewrite Capital with activity taking the place of commodity production, but rather to see that Marx gave us a scientific and critical diagnosis of one tendency in modern society, which, as he foresaw, was bound to become dominant and drive out its rivals. This tendency was the market, i.e., production for exchange , capital.

Keywords: activity theory; Capital; commodity production; Marx



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