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The Dialectic

CAPITALISM AND THE DIALECTIC: THE UNO-SEKINE APPROACH TO MARXIAN ECONOMY

JOHN R BELL

Capitalism & the Dialectic introduces the approach pioneered by Japanese economist, Kozo Uno and refined perhaps most dramatically by Thomas Sekine. This approach progressively increases its comprehension of capitalism by moving sequentially through three distinct levels of analysis. In the theory of pure capitalism, Uno and Sekine reproduce the logic that capital and its society-wide market employ in the attempt to reproduce material economic life. By adhering to Marx’s Hegelian dialectical method more consistently than did Marx, they are able to correct and complete Capital and to provide a convincing defence of value theory. The stages theory of capitalism’s historical development recognizes that in any historical society capital must also contend with more intractable use-values than the light cotton-type goods that are contemplated by pure theory (and that did indeed dominate British liberal capitalism). In theorizing each of the stages capitalism (mercantilism, liberalism, imperialism), the Uno-Sekine perspective recognizes that stage-specific economic policies must be advanced to tame use-value to the point that the market can operate effectively to reproduce economic life. Subsequent empirical studies are informed by these two levels of theory. The Uno-Sekine approach does not overlook the possibility that a society might still strive to be capitalist after use-value resistance has become so great that no bourgeois policy can provide the market with sufficient support to allow it to successfully regulate economic life.

Contents

Part 1 Dialectical Theory of Capitalism: Circulation
     1 Commodity,Value, Money and Capital Forms
Part II Dialectical Theory of Capitalism: Production
     2 Capitalist Production
     3 Circulation and Reproduction of Capital
Part III Dialectical Theory of Capitalism: Distribution
     4 Theory of Profit
     5 Business Cycles
     6 Rent, Commercial Credit
     7 Interest-Bearing Capital Closes the Dialectic
Part IV Capitalism and History
     8 Stages Theory of Capitalist Development
     9 Conclusion: Capitalists Beyond Capitalism

“This is a clear introduction to a ground-breaking but little-known approach to Marxian economics: the Uno-Sekine approach. … With this perceptive and thoughtful volume, John Bell renders a great service to the interested Western reader.” — Thomas Sekine, author of An Outline of the Dialectic of Capital (1997)

“Many thinkers have been influenced by the work of Japanese political economist Kozo Uno. Thomas Sekine’s two volume work, An Outline of the Dialectic of Capital, has done the most to reflect and enlarge Uno’s work. John Bell’s book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the core concepts and principles of this important 
school of thought.” – Robert Albritton, author of Economics Transformed (Pluto Press, 2007)

“Japanese political economist Kozo Uno made major interventions [on important questions of Marxist theory] … but due to language barriers these were passed over. John Bell’s book helps to fill an intellectual gap with an overview of Uno’s compelling reconstruction of Marx ‘s Capital.” – Richard Westra, author of Political Economy and Globalization (2009)

Publication date October 2009
ISBN hardcover 97807745329349
ISBN  paperback 9780745329338
h 9.25″ x 5.87″
Pluto Press   http://www.plutopress.com
Author’s site http://capitalismandthedialectic.com

John R Bell taught for over three decades at Seneca College. He was co-editor of New Socialisms (2004) and is currently working on a book on the subject of socialism. He co-authored, “The Disintegration of Capitalism: A Phase of Post of Ex-Capitalist Transition” with Tom Sekine, whom he is now asisting with the translation of Kozo Uno’s 
Economic Policies Under Capitalism.

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Not What It Seems

Not What It Seems

CAPITALISM AND THE DIALECTIC

 

PRESS RELEASE
— A Clear introduction to ground-breaking but little-known approach to Marxian political economy —

Capitalism And The Dialectic: The Uno-Sekine Approach To Marxian Political Economy
John R. Bell
Released October 25th 2009
PB / £ 25.00 / 9780745329338 / 230mm x 150mm / 256pp

This book is a clear introduction to a groundbreaking but little-known approach to Marxian economics: the Uno-Sekine approach. With this perceptive and thoughtful volume, John Bell renders a great service to the interested Western reader – Tom Sekine

From the 1960s to the 1990s the ground-breaking Japanese economists Kozo Uno and Thomas Sekine developed a masterful reconfiguration of Marxist economics. The most well-known aspect of which is the levels of analysis approach to the study of capitalism. Written in Japanese, the Uno-Sekine approach to Marx’s work is little understood in the West. John Bell seeks to correct this, explaining how problematic elements of Marxian Political Economy such as the law of value and the law of relative surplus population can be solved by using a more rigorous dialectical analysis. Bell’s clear and accessible synthesis provides economists with the tools to interrogate capitalism in a more powerful way than ever before.

John R. Bell taught for over three decades at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. His ‘Dialectics and Economic Theory’ appeared in ‘A Japanese Approach to Political Economy’ (1995); ‘From Hegel to Marx to the Dialectic of Capital’ appeared in ‘New Dialectics and Political Economy’ (2003). He and Thomas Sekine co-authored ‘The Disintegration of Capitalism: A Phase of Ex-Capitalist Transition’ in ‘Phases of Capitalist Development: Booms, Crises and Globalizations’ (2001). In 2004 he co-edited ‘New Socialisms’, to which he contributed, ‘Marx’s Anti-Authoritarian Ecocommunism.

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