On the ethical foundations of Marx’s critique of capitalism

Fabien Tarrit

Abstract

This paper questions the relation between Marx’s theory and the issues of social justice. We first introduce an interpretation claiming that a theory of justice in itself is useless because it is idealist. We compare it with an interpretation that implies that a critique of capitalism based on standards of justice allows to avoid the economic pitfall which denies individuality.

Keywords

Justice, Superstructure, Historical Materialism, Real Freedom, Exploitation

Code JEL: A13, B49, B51, D63.