[Marxism] A critical article by Cockshott - no context for quote from Engels
charles1848 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Feb 17 16:50:26 MST 2013
DNA metaphor aside, the bare quote from Engels has almost nothing to do
with the subsequent value theory of Marx. As _not_ included in the
quote, Engels in 1843 roughly meant use-value for "utility," and you
know the distinction that Marx drew between use-value and value. The
quote contributes nothing to a critique of Cockshott's concept of value.
On Feb 17, 2013, at 3:26 PM, Charlie wrote:
Shane Mage wrote: "Value is the relation of production costs to
utility." (Engels) What is the point of a bare quote from Engels without
its 1843 date, before Marx and he had studied value theory in depth?
Shane Mage replied:
Because it was the initial formulation of their value theory, the
DNA- containing seed out of which their whole theoretical tree grew.
(like the "scenes from Faust" that Berlioz wrote at the same age, out of
which the whole magnificent structure of the "Damnation" grew).
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