From: Paul Cockshott (clyder@GN.APC.ORG)
Date: Sat Apr 14 2007 - 16:23:51 EDT
Relating to the debate below I would like to suggest that Alejandro Agafonow be invited to join the OPE-L list, he has been debating these same points on the Owen-Institute list and has some useful contributions to make. His email is Alejandro Agafonow [firstname.lastname@example.org] Alejandro Agafonow is currently Associate Professor of Industrial Economics at Antonio de Nebrija University (Madrid) and writes his PhD dissertation at Complutense University of Madrid dealing with the impossibility of economic calculation controversy. Also, he is honorary collaborator in the Department of Applied Economics V at Complutense University and member of the Labour Theory of Value and Post-capitalism Discussion Group regularly met in the same department. His research interests are related with the genesis and development of Austrian economics, the economic theory of market socialism and the normative frontiers of economic efficiency in a democratic society. Quoting Allin Cottrell <cottrell@WFU.EDU>: > On Fri, 13 Apr 2007, Jerry Levy wrote: > > > As a way of understanding capitalism, I think it is idealist to > > begin by asking what could happen in a non-existent, > > hypothetical ('ideal-type') mode of production and then working > > backwards to "see whether a capitalist economy will produce a > > similar solution". > > This objection seems plausible, yet when you're examining a > "designed system" it's impossible to avoid considerations of > optimal design. What, you say nobody designed capitalism? Well, > true, and nobody designed the human heart either. Both are > "merely" products of (blind) evolution. So what might be a truly > "designed system". Something designed by a human designer, of > course. Beware, for here lurks true idealism! > > For a materialist, everything under the sun "just happened" (the > result of a chain of material causation). Yet some of the things > that happened can be be said, in some sense, to be designed. > Which ones? Those that emerged via mutation-plus-selection. > > I can't expand further here, but for anyone wanting to pursue this > idea, I recommend Daniel Dennett, "The Intentional Stance" > > http://www.amazon.com/Intentional-Stance-Daniel-C-Dennett/dp/026204093X > > Allin. > Paul Cockshott www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~wpc reality.gn.apc.org ---------------------------------------------------------------- This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.
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