[OPE-L:5853] Re: form and content re value-form and abstract labour

From: Gerald_A_Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@email.msn.com)
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 08:21:30 EDT

Re Andy B's discussion of the distinction between 'aspect' and 'entity'

i) for Hegel's understanding  of 'thing', see _Hegel's Science of Logic_,
Book Two, Section Two, Chapter 1 ("Existence").  See particularly 
Section A: "The Thing  and its Properties"  (London, George Allen & 
Unwin Ltd, 1969, pp. 484-492).

ii) Instead of 'aspect', why not say (as Hegel does) that a 'thing' has
properties? Isn't the value-form a property of value?

iii) By your reading, what is the 'thing-in-itself'  re value?  Note that,
as Hegel wrote elsewhere (_Hegel's Logic_, p. 72), "there is nothing 
that we can know so easily" as the thing-in-itself.   He wrote that the 
thing-in-itself  "expresses the object when we leave out of sight all that 
consciousness makes of it, all its emotional aspects, and all specific 
thoughts of it. It is easy to see what is left -- utter abstraction, total 
emptiness, only described still as an 'other-world'  -- the negative of 
every image, feeling, and definite thought" (Ibid).

In solidarity, Jerry

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