[OPE-L:5715] Re: Re: Re: Re: why are we on this list?

From: Allin Cottrell (cottrell@wfu.edu)
Date: Thu May 31 2001 - 23:14:13 EDT

On Thu, 31 May 2001, Rakesh Narpat Bhandari wrote:

> in my opinion this is because marxians are powerless, and find that
> they have to defend themselves from charges of logical incoherence if
> they are to be considered respectable.

I don't find that very convincing.  Sraffa's critique, for instance,
was directed more at neoclassical economics than at Marxism, yet with
the exception of a few "high theorists" who strove to dispute Sraffa's
claims, most neoclassical economists just got on with the job
regardless, extending and applying.

> By the way, the debate between Nicky and Fred is in my opinion not
> so much about the logical coherence of marx's theory but how it
> succeeds or fails in theorizing the historical specifity of the
> capitalist mode of production.

OK, but discussing "historical specificity" at the highest pitch of
philosophical abstraction is a far cry from actually getting specific
about central banking, the world market, or anything.


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