The Nature and Logic of Capitalism has 97 ratings and 10 reviews. Shari said: If Karl Marx had a baby but made Robert Heilbroner raise it (as opposed to. Property rights are stressed as being of the essence of capitalism, but the. Like others of Professor Heilbroner’s works, this is a book of exceptional interest and. In The Worldly Philosophers, Robert Heilbroner set out to describe what the great In search of an answer, The Nature and Logic of Capitalism takes us on a.

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The production of surplus, he emphasizes, is not unique to capitalism. Heilbroner uses the metaphor of a magnetic force field. Lobic expresses how capital functions as a process and thus throws light on the destabilizing nature of this process.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The first chapter is frankly excruciating to sit through, and other times, Heilbroner seems to write paragraph after paragraph of very little indeed.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Aug 09, Julie rated it it was amazing. If Karl Marx had a baby but made Robert Heilbroner raise it as opposed to just making Freidrich Engels support it — oh, snap! When it comes to commanding obedience, power trumps prestige. And it is important, probably more important than the armada of business books being landed today by publishers on how to improve management or how to make a acpitalism dollars or how to beat back the Japanese economic threat.

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The Nature and Logic of Capitalism

You kind of know where he’s going, but if you slow down to reason it out it makes even less sense. Describes the title with great lucidity without losing the profound message it intends to convey. For Heilbroner, capital is not synonymous with wealth.

Infancy is the condition natude which we must all escape, and as such, the source of the emancipatory thrust that is also part of the human drama; but it is as well a condition to which we all to some degree wish to return, the prototype of the existential security that we also seek.

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The dynamic as Heilbroner discusses it is cleanly expressed and highly readable. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. His focus is on the heilbronrr forma tion of This spirit leads to the commercialization of life, with capitalists constantly looking for opportunities to create new needs to feed the accumulation impulse: English Bature a language for shopping. That is one take on domination. Heilbroner is quite disappointing in tracing the provenance of the capitalist mindset to individualist psychological origins.

And we are far closer to understanding capitalism in our time, its possibilities and limits. We know them by their effects on the empirical world.


Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. But if the accredited economists don’t have the answers, which are obviously more urgently needed than ever, then maybe the Marxist alternative should be taken more seriously. In the vast majority of cases, however, workers are easily replaceable.

Thank you for this book summary. My only real natture is about Heilbroner’s abstract and ponderous writing style, which makes the book seem sketchy and dense at the same time. And we are far closer to understanding capitalism in our time, its possibilities and limits.

Capital is not a concrete entity; it is the representation of a particular kind of social process. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: And that’s frustrating, because when he’s making sense it’s an absolutely sublime read.

It’s good, I’m sure of heilbroenr. Heilbroner’s description of Marx’s M-C-M formula puts the whole notion of social and self transformation into a more clear space by seeing how capital, Heilbroner is a fluent writer on the conceptual nature of capital. Available Our Retail Price: