[OPE-L:4122] Re: Re: Re: use value and value

From: Michael Perelman (michael@ECST.CSUCHICO.EDU)
Date: Mon Oct 16 2000 - 21:08:51 EDT

Paul, yes, the speed and ease is part of the use value.  A calculator has a
specific use value; an abacus has another.  The calculator has a higher use
value, but its invention does not alter the use value of the abacus.  Don't
you agree?

ECUSERS wrote:

> Well, I guess I would say partly so.  Is not the speed and ease with
> which one can complete a task ITSELF part of the "use value" yielded
> by the calculator versus the slide rule?  Hence when (in my first
> example) I referred to the two goods doing the exact same job, this
> had to mean in the exact same time.  (I am sure there are some jobs
> that a skilled slide rulist can do just as fast as with a calculator -
> - leaving aside the possible greater aesthetic pleasure from using a
> slide rule, which must also be counted in the use value.)

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

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

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