Ferdinand Tonnies, Thorstein Veblen and Karl Marx: From community to society and back?
The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2004, vol. 11, issue 4, 579-606
German Ferdinand Tonnies (1855 - 1936) and American Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929) are influential figures in the history of the social sciences, whose intellectual relationship has been ignored. However, there are important and illuminating similarities and differences in their critiques of Karl Marx (1818 - 83), as well as in the transition from community to modernity in Western culture and society. This article begins with their account of the nature of the Western community in the Middle Ages and its passage to modernity via the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. It culminates with their critiques of Marx and his and their mutual efforts to construct an ersatz community to replace the one that was lost.
Keywords: Gemeinschaft; gesellschaft; industrial republic; classlessness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:11:y:2004:i:4:p:579-606
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought is currently edited by José Luís Cardoso
More articles in The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought from Taylor & Francis Journals
Series data maintained by Chris Longhurst ().