[OPE-L:4120] Re: use value and value

Date: Mon Oct 16 2000 - 20:03:42 EDT

Paul, that was exactly my point.  A slide rule still does what it did 20
years ago.  It is just that we can do it better now.
> In terms of the Levy-Perelman discussion, if the job done by the 
> two commodities is exactly the same (e.g., simply counting things up 
> or doing the exact same calculation when comparing a slide rule to a 
> calculator), then it is clearly the unit value (value per unit of use 
> value) that has changed.  My guess is though, that that there are a 
> lot more examples where the character of the use value changes along 
> with changes in the value of the commodity that provides that use 
> value.  For example, a calculator can do things that you just can't 
> do with a slide rule.  But then there are other examples where a 
> commodity crowds out other competing commodities because it has a 
> lower value, even if the use value(s) it produces is/are in some ways 
> inferior to the one(s) it replaces.
> In general I would think that the use value(s) yielded by a commodity 
> are usually inseparable from the material shape of the commodity 
> itself, so that changes in value and use value normally occur 
> together.  This is perhaps most clear in the case of services but I 
> would need to think about this more.  How would the connection 
> between value and use value differ if at all for services compared to 
> material goods?  Cheers, Paul Burkett

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu

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