[OPE-L:2775] Re: Re: (3) "Epistemological Break" and Application to Political Economy

From: Fred B. Moseley (fmoseley@mtholyoke.edu)
Date: Sat Apr 08 2000 - 10:54:23 EDT

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On Fri, 7 Apr 2000, Paul Zarembka wrote:

> Also, Althusser's "a-historicism" implies that "simple commodity
> production" is not an historical precursor of "generalized commodity
> production", EVEN IF one can identify elements, historically, of the
> former before the latter. In other words, "simple commodity production"
> is a theoretical construct, as is "generalized commodity production" -- a
> product of theoretical WORK (Althusser emphasizes that theory is WORK --
> is a production process). There should be no confusion between history
> itself and theory.

So does Althusser think that Part 1 is about simple commodity production
or capitalism?


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