[OPE-L:4083] Re: Revaluation

From: glevy@pratt.edu
Date: Fri Oct 13 2000 - 11:03:14 EDT

In [OPE-L:4079], John E wrote (responding to Alejandro R):

> However, Marx then goes on to refer to "moralischen Verschleisz."
> In Vol. I,  this is the first time the term is used.

True, but didn't Marx use this term first -- in terms of the order of writing (as distinct from the order of presentation) -- in the drafts for Volume 3? He also used this expression (did he not?) in the drafts for Volume 2. This suggests that the concept was employed both before and after the publication of Volume 1. 

The uses of the expression "moral depreciation" in the drafts for V3 seem to refer to topics which were outside the scope of _Capital_ (i.e. Book 1?), especially the subjects of the release and tying-up of capital and of "Competition" which at one point Marx hoped to write a book on "eventually."  Also interesting is a Volume 2 reference which suggests a connection between the subject of moral depreciation and the forcible destruction of constant fixed capital that accompanies a crisis. This suggests that moral depreciation is a subject that is of relavence to the subject of the trade cycle (for the reference on this, see an old post that I authored on "The Morale of Depreciation?").

A question: is this expression used at all in the _Grundrisse_ or any of Marx's other writings?

In solidarity, Jerry  

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