The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Capital as a Social Relation

  • Anwar Shaikh
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Taken by itself, a sharp stone is simply a relic of some ancient and inexorable geologic process. But appropriated as a cutting instrument, it is a tool or, in a somewhat more murderous vein, a weapon. As a stone, it is a natural object. But as a tool or weapon, it is an eminently social object whose natural form is merely the carrier of the social relations which, so to speak, happen to have seized upon it.

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