From Piketty’s Capital to Marx’s das Kapital

Øjvind Larsen

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Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has created a very new platform for a discussion of the global economy. There is possibly no other book on economy which has been published in so many languages, printed in so many copies, and has found its way to such a varied global public. Piketty’s Capital has been discussed in many high ranked academic journals, and at the same time, it has come out to a broader audience with advertisements in places like the underground public transportation in metropolises around the world. The title of the book is also very ambitious in so far as the title Capital claims to be a follow up of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital for the twenty-first century. Piketty is similar to Marx in his ambition to give a large historical, or a world historical perspective on the significance of capitalist economy for the development of global society. Given this background it could be interesting to consider the relations between Piketty’s Capital and Marx’s Das Kapital.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordicum Mediterraneum
Issue number3
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Capital
  • Capitalism
  • Commodification
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Inequality
  • Liberal economy
  • Neoclassical economy
  • Patrimonial capitalism
  • Political economy

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