Labor and Value: Rethinking Marx’s Theory of Exploitation

Labor and Value: Rethinking Marx’s Theory of Exploitation Ernesto Screpanti
Forthcoming in 2019

This is a very nice, tightly argued, interesting and thought-provoking book and a prime quality intellectual endeavour. Labor and value is likely to attract attention and stir debates. It is a rigorous piece of academic work but it is of interest to a much wider readership, also thanks to an exceptionally clear and engaging style. It is a strong contribution in economic theory – and in particular, in Marxian and more generally heterodox economics – but it has a refreshing interdisciplinary approach which will be of interest for scholars in other disciplines too, including moral and political philosophy, sociology and political science. Even those who disagree with the answers provided will find the questions raised of primary importance and the arguments subtle and original.
—Roberto Veneziani, Queen Mary, University of London


In this book Ernesto Screpanti provides a rigorous examination of Marx’s theory of exploitation, one of the cornerstones of Marxist thought. With precision and clarity, he identifies the holes in traditional readings of Marx’s theory before advancing his own original interpretation, drawing on contemporary philosophy and economic theory to provide a refreshingly interdisciplinary exegesis.

Screpanti’s arguments are delivered with perspicuity and verve: this is a book that aims to spark a debate. He exposes ambiguities present in Marx’s exposition of his own theory, especially when dealing with the employment contract and the notions of ‘abstract labor’ and ‘labor value’, and he argues that these ambiguities have given rise to misunderstandings in previous analyses of Marx’s theory of exploitation. Screpanti’s own interpretation is a meticulously argued counterpoint to these traditional interpretations.

Labor and Value is a significant contribution to the theory of economics, particularly Marxist economics. It will also be of great interest to scholars in other disciplines including sociology,  political science, and moral and political philosophy. Screpanti’s clear and engaging writing style will attract the interested general reader as well as the academic theorist. 



Labor and Value: Rethinking Marx’s Theory of Exploitation
Ernesto Screpanti | Forthcoming 2019
ISBN Paperback: 9781783747795
ISBN Hardback: 9781783747801
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783747818
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783747825
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783747832
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0182
Subject codes: BIC: H (Humanities), HB (History), HBG (General and world history), 4 (Educational purpose qualifiers), JP (Politics and government), JPS (International relations); BISAC: EDU016000 (EDUCATION / History), HIS000000 (HISTORY / General), HIS037000 (HISTORY / World), HIS054000 (HISTORY / Social History), HIS039000 (HISTORY / Civilization)