Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Das Kapital” as Want to Read:
Das Kapital
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Das Kapital

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,049 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Das Kapital, Karl Marx's seminal work, is the book that above all others formed the twentieth century. From Kapital sprung the economic and political systems that at one time dominated half the earth and for nearly a century kept the world on the brink of war. Even today, more than one billion Chinese citizens live under a regime that proclaims fealty to Marxist ideology. ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 356 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Gateway Editions (first published 1867)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Holy Bible by AnonymousThe Origin of Species by Charles DarwinThe Quran / القرآن الكريم by AnonymousThe Complete Works by William ShakespeareThe Republic by Plato
The Most Influential Books in History
30th out of 1,002 books — 3,914 voters
Being and Time by Martin HeideggerThe Republic by PlatoThus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich NietzscheCritique of Pure Reason by Immanuel KantPhenomenology of Spirit by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Best Philosophy Book
40th out of 715 books — 971 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
How could one give a star-rating to Das Kapital? It stands, with Marx's canon, as one of the most influential books in history, perhaps rivaling only some religious texts. With three stars, I think I will have reached a compromise which will offend everyone.

Das Kapital is Marx's attempt to codify and transmit his collected observations on the state of capitalism. This is a far cry from the soaring rhetoric of the Manifesto - its aim is to be both a systematic critique of capitalism as well as an
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
یکی از دشوارترین کتاب هایی بود که خوندم، دوستانِ گرامی برایِ معنی کردنِ برخی از واژه ها و فهمِ برخی از جملاتِ این کتاب، بهتر هستش که از کتب یا رفرنس هایِ دیگه و یا اینترنت کمک بگیرید
خودِ کتاب بسیار تخصصی هستش و متاسفانه ترجمۀ بسیار ضعیفِ کتاب برایِ غیرقابلِ فهم شدنِ برخی از جملات، مزیدِ بر علت شده... مرتضوی با ترجمش نابود کرده کتاب رو
دوستانِ خردگرا، مهم نیست که برخی موجوداتِ بیسواد و نادان و پیروِ دین و مذهب نظرشون در موردِ « مارکس» و دیدگاهِ « مارکس» چیه... خواندنِ کتبِ مختلف از فلاسفه میتونه ش
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Karl Marx

Preface to the First German Edition
Afterword to the Second German Edition

--Capital [Abridged]

Marx's Selected Footnotes
Explanatory Notes
Subject Index
Name Index
Dec 10, 2008 Bart rated it liked it
Had Marx avoided moral judgments in this tome, had he stuck only to symptoms of capitalism’s maladies, this book might still be read in the West today. Instead, Marx and his labor theory of value are considered discredited by economics departments and worthy of little more than synopses and essays about the work – Das Kapital is still cited by many and read by none – and this is probably because Marx’s moral remedy led to greater woes than capitalism did.

This book is also too long by about 2/3.
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it it was amazing
Karl Marx's Capital can be read as a work of economics, sociology and history. He addresses a myriad of topics, but is most generally trying to present a systematic account of the nature, development, and future of the capitalist system. There is a strong economic focus to this work, and Marx addresses the nature of commodities, wages and the worker-capitalist relationship, among other things. Much of this work tries to show the ways in which workers are exploited by the capitalist mode of produ ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Ο κακός Τυροκόμος που βγάζει λεφτά
Farzaneh Shafah
Nov 15, 2015 Farzaneh Shafah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب را با ترجمه ایرج اسکندری که ترجمه بدتری نسبت به نسخه نشر آگاه است خواندم. به همه قسمت هایش نرسیدم ولی در مجموع کمک بزرگی برایم بود... سرمايه نكارش دقيق و فني ماركس درباره مفاهيم كالا و مبادله و بازار و بول و كار و عناصر نظام سرمايه داري است كه از منطق خاص ماركس بيروي ميكند و در جارجوب نظام او معنا ميابد... خواندش را به كساني كه اندك اشتياقي به فهم اقتصاد دارند به شدت توصيه مي كنم...
«كالا به صورت طبيعي اش يعني انجنان كه طبيعتا و به خودي خود هست نه مبادله بذير است و نه معادل هر كالاي ديكر. تن
Berry Muhl
Nov 12, 2015 Berry Muhl rated it did not like it

Soul-crushing in its hatred of human nature, and irritating in its misconstruing of economic maxims. Beginning with a vast oversimplification of Adam Smith's theory of value, Marx proceeds to describe, for ants, bees and other insectile collectivists, the kind of economics he wishes had evolved among humans. He then offers--via a distortion of the Hegelian dialectic, which is itself a distortion of logic--a historicist, "scientific" account of how the "proletariat" will inevitably rise and t
David Miller
Oct 15, 2015 David Miller rated it really liked it
As many will note, Marxism in its most "Marxist" sense is basically an obsolete system. Das Kapital is very much a product of the nineteenth century, and a perceptive reader can easily find traces of modes of thought that are no longer of the moment. But socialism, more broadly, is very much a living thing, and it is just as readily apparent how important this critique of the corrosive effects of capitalism has been to socialism's development.

The edition I read presents the core of Marx's analys
Lauren Sheil
I just finished reading “Capital”, Karl Marx’s seminal work on political economy originally published in 1867 toward the end of the industrial revolution. The following is a summary of quotes from the book that I’ve been tweeting for the past few days along with my impressions and comments on each.

“The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.” #marx

Throughout the book Marx appears to me to be similar on tone to all the great dev
Οι καπιταλιστικές κοινωνίες κατακλύζονται από αντικείμενα για πούλημα και συνεχίζουν να παράγουν ακατάπαυστα νέα πράγματα, Η «αγορά εμπορευμάτων» αποβλέπει, υποτίθεται, να ικανοποιήσει τις υλικές μας επιθυμίες αλλά οι επιθυμίες μας είναι απεριόριστες, ακόρεστες. Μήπως ο καπιταλισμός στηρίζεται τελικά στις αδυναμίες μας;
May 20, 2015 laura rated it it was amazing
Whatever your political stance it's impossible to deny the influence of Marx's works, this one in particular. It's a real wonder, how one persons ideology put into written word can shape the world even today. At the very least, you can appreciate it from that standpoint.

Truly though, the book is convincing and reading it with historical awareness can enable you to enlighten yourself further. It's a great read, and I look forward to reading his other works.

Christ, this review sounds pretentious.
Vikas Lather
Nov 08, 2015 Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Breathtaking and revolutionary engagement with means of production, surplus value, alienation of labor, and other capitalistic phenomenons.
Jul 14, 2014 BRANDON rated it really liked it
If you want to know why Marx is considered to be a "Materialist" by some writers and thinkers, go no further. This is perhaps Marx most densely philosophical book. This is due to Marx breaking down (much like Adam Smith--even with the same language) the Industrial Revolution and Capitalism, how it works and what it does. It ultimately had to be finished by Marx sponsor Fred Engels (who was a Capitalist bastard) and you can't really tell the difference. Some think that Marx (who was basically jou ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok
I read this book for one of my classes at the U. Here is the best summary of the book I could find:
The central driving force of capitalism, according to Marx, was in the exploitation and alienation of labour. The ultimate source of capitalist profits and surplus was the unpaid labor of wage laborers. Employers could appropriate the new output value because of their ownership of the productive capital assets—protected by the state. By producing output as capital for the employers, the workers con
Leo Hsieh
Sep 08, 2015 Leo Hsieh rated it it was amazing
Das Kapital is one of Karl Marx's greatest published book, it was also the revolutionary book at that time period, even now this book provides a deep insight on capitalism and the pros and cons of it.
This book, unlike the Communist Manifesto is more on a analysis on political economy and the ethics of a capitalist market. I recommend this book because of it's diversity, it is not a book about how bad capitalism is, but also the sociological, philosophical and economical impact of capitalism that
Samer Mansour
رأس المال كتاب قيم جدا لكل من أراد أن يفهم حقيقة المقولة الماركسيةأن الرأسمالية تحفر قبرها بيديها!يبدأ بتحليل فلسفي عن السلعة التي تعتبر حجر الاساس في الراسمالية .. يحلل النقد وظهوره ووظيفته واختزاله للعمل المبذول في انتاج السلعة ..يتحدث عن السوق وآلياته ,, عن الامبريالية كمرحلة عليا من الرأسمالية
Arvind Passey
Aug 11, 2007 Arvind Passey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: buy it, keep read it sometime
Buy it... keep it... do read it sometime is all I can say of this book. Not everyone will be interested in the concepts expressed in the pages. However, going through the concepts helps one in understanding the delicate relationship of humans with other humans within the structured frame-work of civilization.
Jan 25, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
I should say that I did not read this unabridged, I kinda doubt that even Trotsky did.
Sarah Nelson
Apr 18, 2016 Sarah Nelson rated it it was amazing
Try to call me an uneducated socialist now, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hamdican Yıldırım
Nov 30, 2014 Hamdican Yıldırım rated it did not like it
kitabın sonunda herkes allahsız dinsiz komünist oluyor beğenmedim.
Reading Das Kapital by Marx was a month long struggle and, I must admit, that after I slogged through the part I kept on reading only out of spite.

Marx's magnum opus didn't age well - in part because it is atrociously written. The book is full of gratuitous use of Latin, French, Italian (and I assume that in the original - German edition, English too), subtle literally call outs (e.g "Who fails here to call to mind our good friend, Dogberry, who informs neighbour Seacoal, that, “To be a well-fav
Vicky Apostolopoulou
Ό,τι πιο επίκαιρο στο σήμερα!Με απλά λόγια γίνεται απόλυτα κατανοητό. Αξίζει μόνο να αναφερθούν τα τελευταία λόγια για να επισημανθεί η διαχρονικότητα του: Βλέπουμε πολλές χώρες να ρίχνονται στον αγώνα δρόμου για την ανάπτυξη..για να τα καταφέρουν πιο γρήγορα ορισμένες δε διστάζουν να καταλάβουν και να αποικίσουν άλλες χώρες..εκμεταλλεύονται φτωχούς λαούς επιβάλλοντας τους εργασίες εξουθενωτικές και αισχρά κακοπληρωμένες..το χάσμα ανάμεσα σε πλούσιους και φτωχούς βαθαίνει..η ολέθρια σκιά του καπ ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
If you want to read Capital, I highly recommend David Harvey's complementary lectures ( Capital is a dense, complicated book filled with Marx's personal jargon and that all-too-familiar overly complicated academic prose. Fortunately, the commentary behind the prose is as valuable as any you'll find on the topic of economics; and luckily, Harvey has been teaching a class on it for 40 years.

I found reading Capital to be quite a project, but have come out th
Mar 01, 2009 Ira added it
"Moreover, all progress in capitalistic agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the labourer, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of the soil for a given time, is a progress towards ruining the lasting sources of that fertility. The more a country starts its development on the foundation of modern industry, like the United States, for example, the more rapid is this process of destruction. Capitalist production, therefore, developes technology, and ...more
Robert Mahon
May 23, 2013 Robert Mahon rated it it was ok
Let's face it, Marx was more philosopher than economist. He spent a lifetime trying to justify a particular ideology/philosophy....based primarily on jealousy. He insists upon putting an intrinsic value of things (e.g., labor)....rather than the value which the market determines for them, based on their free marketable worth based on free exchange. In a fair and free market, labor is not "cheated". It is just like any other product, which is demanded and supplied. Keep in mind that much of what ...more
May 12, 2015 Sunil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics
outstanding, thought provoking, life changing. The book seeks to explain how the capitalist system originated, works and the issues with it - mainly the exploitation of the working class. I highly recommend watching david harvey's lectures at the same time as reading. The first few chapters are tough but it gets a lot easier so stick with it. Only negative is that Marx has a tendancy to hammer the same points over and over.
Markus Sakoschek
Feb 13, 2016 Markus Sakoschek rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-fictions
Es war einmal : Das Kapital
This history making study of the evaluation of the price of human labour and the consequent enrichement of investors, has been the inspiration of the birth of Kommunism, the Russian revolution and other revolutions around the globe.
The book itself is more about the theories of how to calculate the value of work,
In our days mostly obselete.
Not easy to read and to understand.
Ich lege dieses Buch vorerst mal beiseite. Ist mir im Moment zu trocken. Ich möchte es auf jeden Fall einmal gelesen haben, nur nicht jetzt.
Apr 05, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
Marx's primary treatise on capitalist economics. Straight-forward yet a little dry, it's not exactly a thrilling read but an important component of Marx's total theory. I've read it a few times now and I'm becoming more and more aware of both the limitations of the work and also the absolute magnificence of it. It's imperfect, yet it remains the most important work on economics.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Marxism: Capital 4 40 May 29, 2015 07:22PM  
  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
  • The State and Revolution
  • The Condition of the Working Class in England
  • The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
  • The Revolution Betrayed
  • Principles of Political Economy: And Chapters on Socialism
  • How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840-2011
  • An Essay on the Principle of Population
  • Reform or Revolution
  • Language and Mind
  • The Antonio Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935
  • Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding / Concerning the Principles of Morals
  • A Companion to Marx's Capital
  • The New Industrial State
  • Creative Evolution
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
  • The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
(Arabic: كارل ماركس)
In 1818, Karl Marx, descended from a long line of rabbis, was born in Prussian Rhineland. Marx's' father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl's birth. Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in 1844 in Paris. After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which "banished" Marx in
More about Karl Marx...

Share This Book

“Education is free. Freedoom of education shall be enjoyed under the condition fixed by law and under the supreme control of the state” 13 likes
“In reality, the laborer belongs to capital before he has sold himself to capital. His economic bondage is both brought about and concealed by the periodic sale of himself, by his change of masters, and by the oscillation in the market price of labor power. Capitalist production, therefore, under its aspect of a continuous connected process, of a process of reproduction, produces not only commodities, not only surplus value, but it also produces and reproduces the capitalist relation; on the one side the capitalist, on the other the wage-laborer.” 7 likes
More quotes…