Marx and Exploitation
Author: Wolff, J.
Source: The Journal of Ethics, Volume 3, Number 2, 1999 , pp. 105-120(16)
Abstract:The discussion of the adequacy of Karl Marx's definition of exploitation has paid insufficient attention to a prior question: what is a definition? Once we understand Marx as offering a ``reference-fixing definition in a model'' we will realise that it is resistant to certain objections. A more general analysis of exploitation is offered here and it is suggested that Marx's own definition is a particular instance of the general analysis which makes a number of controversial moral assumptions.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University College London. Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK
Publication date: January 1, 1999