From: Hans G. Ehrbar (ehrbar@LISTS.ECON.UTAH.EDU)
Date: Wed Mar 02 2005 - 03:45:48 EST
Jerry, you wrote: > It would be odd indeed if some contradictions didn't > _seem_ odd. Many contradictions don't seem odd. I don't think many people living in commodity societies even notice the contradiction Marx was pointing out here, that part of our experience indicates that exchange-value is intrinsic in the commodity, and other parts of our experience indicates that it is relative. Common sense merrily lives in the midst of the most glaring contradictions and does not even notice them. Do you remember the bumper stickers "Start seeing Motorcycles"? We need bumper stickers saying "Start seeing Contradictions." The important parts in Capital are not only those where Marx finds resolutions to those contradictions, but also those where he points out contradictions which are not commonly seen. These are the places in Marx where modern readers get lost most easily. For some reason, dialectical thinking has been expurgated completely from modern scientific discourse. Scientists at Marx's and Hegel's time were much more attuned to contradictions. Hans.
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