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Where Economic Scientificity Postulates its own Subversion: the Scenes of Conflict in the Political Economy of Adam Smith

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1. Title Title of document Where Economic Scientificity Postulates its own Subversion: the Scenes of Conflict in the Political Economy of Adam Smith
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Anders Fjeld; Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7; France
3. Subject Discipline(s) Political philosophy; political economy; political theory; social sciences and subdisciplines
3. Subject Keyword(s) Political economy; Social conflict; Scientificity; Adam Smith; Modern economy
3. Subject Subject classification 720704
4. Description Abstract I discuss how the scientificity characterizing Adam Smith’s political economy has to exteriorize social conflict in order to sustain its objectivation of social interaction in terms of regulative laws. I claim that this exteriorization constitutes an internal point of subversion, not only because it resists economic objectivation, but first and foremost because it forces Smith to employ political strategies that both contradict and guarantee the scientificity of his theory. I show how the place of conflict in modern economy, according to Smith, can actually be determined in three different ways: as a concrete place when it comes to the confrontations between workers and capitalists; as a theoretical place in the sense of being an arbitrary disturbance of the spontaneous organization of the market; and as a place that, as being the intersection between economic naturalization and social contingency, problematizes the scientificity of Smith’s political economy. In this sense, I develop three cases where Smith invokes an argumentative circularity that reveals the paradoxical politics of his economic scientificity, beyond its official laissez-faire politics: State coercion, monetary power and capitalist competition.
5. Publisher Organizing agency, location Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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7. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 2017-06-30
8. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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9. Format File format PDF (Español), HTML (Español)
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11. Source Title; vol., no. (year) Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy; Vol 6, No 10 (2017): January-June
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