John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx: Some Problems and Perspectives, Evans, Michael, History of Political Economy; 21(2), Summer 1989, pages 273-98.

John Stuart Mill's ignorance of Karl Marx, and the latter's relative silence about Mill, presents a major problem of interpretation. Why did Marx never subject Mill's work to the detailed critique that his political and theoretical reputation required? This article considers the evidence concerning Marx's knowledge of Mill and his references to Mill in Capital; rejects the charge that Marx plagarized Mill's work; reviews the arguments of Marx's Value, Price and Profit and the articles on Mill by Marx's follower J. G. Eccarius; and concludes by suggesting Marx's political reasons for not making a sustained attack on Mill's position.


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