[OPE-L:8704] Re: Re: Re: Exchange

From: Christopher Arthur (cjarthur@waitrose.com)
Date: Wed Apr 02 2003 - 11:46:09 EST

Micael writes
"It is money which imposes (through the practice of exchange itself) a
quantitative form on commodities and thus, indirectly, also on labour
performed -- not the other way round: amounts of labour performed do not
determine (ontically, causally) quantitative monetary prices."
IMO there is a non-sequitor here since I agree with the first half but not
the second half. OK it is money which constitutes commodities as values and
allows them to stand in abstract quantitative relations. This is a point
about the value FORM. but once this form IS established the question then
arises of what determines these magnitudes in particular cases. IMO it is
time of production in the first instance although this time is itself
differently 'cognised' according to the complexities of the value form
Compare: gravity gives things weight but th magnitude of weight is a
function of the given masses.
Compare: we have no experience without forms of intuition but there is
something out there   to be intuited under these forms.

Chris A

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