Market/planned (fwd

Marshall Feldman MARSH at
Fri Jan 13 07:42:30 MST 1995

>Posted on 11 Jan 1995 at 15:08:13 by TELEC List Distributor (011802)
>Re: Market/planned (fwd)
>Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 12:53:51 -0500 (EST)
>From: Richard Wolff <rwolff at>
>To: marxism at
>Reply-To: marxism at
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 12:41:45 -0500 (EST)
>From: Richard Wolff <rwolff at>
>To: kevin quinn <kquinn at>
>Subject: Re: Market/planned
>        Rejecting foundationalism (absolutism) does mean to embrace SOME
>meaning of the term relativism (but not ANY meaning). That is, I do NOT
>think of relativism as some assertion of the equality or equivalency pf
>alternative theories (of efficiency or anything else). The idea that the
>rejection of foundationalism necessarily entails that kind of relativism
>that thinks of alternatives as equal and hence deduces that embracing any
>of the alternatives as pointless, unwarranted, etc. - that idea is one
>promoted by those who seek to make relativism so awful that everyone will
>stay with foundationalism/absolutism as the lesser evil.
>        The relativism of which I speak is rather the view that
>perspectives always have and always will differ AND that we attach
>ourselves to one or another perspective (or mixtures) with passion
>because of the unique overdeterminations of us as individuals with

But Rick, if we deconstruct this term, don't we come up with a new
foundationalism, albeit a tacit one?

>particular needs, hopes, commitments, and felings that make one
>perspective rather than others dear to us.
>R. Wolff

Marsh Feldman
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