Re: [OPE-L] Complex ... and the French edition of capital

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Tue Jun 12 2007 - 16:12:51 EDT

You could do that, but then you would be ignoring abstraction altogether.

On Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 12:05:04AM +0100, Paul Cockshott wrote:
>  Michael P
> What I meant was that it is hopeless to think that anyone could
> quantify the amount of abstract labor in an economy.
> ------------
> Paul C
> Why not just add up the number of people who work then multiply by
> the fraction of the year that they each work?

On the contrary I would be using abstraction, since I would by
adding up all the hours of work done, be abstracting from the concrete
form in which the work was done, and counting it only as human labour
in general --- in the abstract.

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929

Tel. 530-898-5321
E-Mail michael at

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