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Marx, Engels and Economic Evolution

Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, and Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, UK)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 July 1992


Marx is widely regarded today as an “evolutionary” economist. However, what is clear from a close examination of the writings of both Marx and Engels is that they did not actually take Darwin′s theory of natural selection on board. Consequently, if their theory of socio‐economic change is evolutionary, it is not so in a Darwinian sense. Considers the different sense in which the economics of Marx can be regarded as “evolutionary” and the distance between Darwinian and Marxian conceptions of natural or social change.



Hodgson, G.M. (1992), "Marx, Engels and Economic Evolution", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 19 No. 7/8/9, pp. 121-128.




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