[OPE-L:8032] Heisenberg and Marx

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@msn.com)
Date: Fri Nov 22 2002 - 08:09:44 EST

A possible new topic for discussion --  the 
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle:

Quantum mechanics isn't exactly my area of expertise,
but  I wonder what others on the list think about the
implications of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP)
for political economy and Marx.

*  In a very general way, does the HUP have applications for
the study of bourgeois society -- and if so, what are they? --
or is it overextending to take a principle from quantum mechanics
and apply it to political economy?

*  In particular, could the HUP have application when examining
the systematic connections between a mode of production and
(non-human) nature?  

* Does the HUP have _more_ application in the analysis of
the bourgeois mode of production than in other modes of 
production to the extent that there are necessary aspects of
uncertainty associated with market behavior?    Does the
subject of value then  incorporate a comprehension of 

*  Are there any valid implications of the HUP for empirical
studies in political economy, especially projections of future trends 
based on current and past 'position'?

* On the whole, do you think that Marx's social theory is
consistent or inconsistent with the HUP?    Doesn't the HUP 
seem to refute Marx's sometimes stated claims about historical

* Are there any implications of the HUP for Marx's  concept of 
revolution and praxis?

Any thoughts?

In solidarity, Jerry

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