[OPE-L:8034] Re: Heisenberg and Marx

From: Francisco Paulo Cipolla (cipolla@sociais.ufpr.br)
Date: Fri Nov 22 2002 - 11:38:15 EST

Jerry, what does this principle say? Maybe you could motivate this
discussion if you gave us the rudiments of the principle?

gerald_a_levy wrote:

> A possible new topic for discussion --  theHeisenberg Uncertainty
> Principle: Quantum mechanics isn't exactly my area of expertise,but  I
> wonder what others on the list think about theimplications of the
> Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP)for political economy and
> Marx. *  In a very general way, does the HUP have applications forthe
> study of bourgeois society -- and if so, what are they? --or is it
> overextending to take a principle from quantum mechanicsand apply it
> to political economy? *  In particular, could the HUP have application
> when examiningthe systematic connections between a mode of production
> and(non-human) nature? * Does the HUP have _more_ application in the
> analysis ofthe bourgeois mode of production than in other modes
> ofproduction to the extent that there are necessary aspects
> ofuncertainty associated with market behavior?    Does thesubject of
> value then  incorporate a comprehension ofuncertainty? *  Are there
> any valid implications of the HUP for empiricalstudies in political
> economy, especially projections of future trendsbased on current and
> past 'position'? * On the whole, do you think that Marx's social
> theory isconsistent or inconsistent with the HUP?    Doesn't the
> HUPseem to refute Marx's sometimes stated claims about
> historical'inevitability'? * Are there any implications of the HUP for
> Marx's  concept ofrevolution and praxis? Any thoughts? In solidarity,
> Jerry

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