From: Dogan Goecmen (dogangoecmen@AOL.COM)
Date: Mon Oct 29 2007 - 15:10:15 EDT
I reacted strongly to the suggestion which was made about the class basis of surplus approach theory. I would argue that this form of debate has been a big part of what has been wrong with Marxist debates from Marx's time on. Sorry Jerry, for jumpting ito this. Can there be a surplus theory with a class theory? I think we can discuss this issue independently from various accusations within Marxist and leftwing movements. Best, Dogan -----Ursprüngliche Mitteilung----- Von: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM> An: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU Verschickt: Mo., 29. Okt. 2007, 19:41 Thema: Re: [OPE-L] class theory >Jerry, some questions for you: >1. Do you think that social theories can purport to represent >universal interests when in fact they represent the particular >interests of economic classes? Hi Ian: That is possible. One has to _show_ this, however, rather than relying on the "implications" of a particular perspective. >2. If so, do you think it an important part of scientific work to >uncover such states-of-affairs? I gave my answer to that previously, I thought. To the extent that bringing to light such "state-of-affairs" is a valid endeavor, it must be demonstrated rather than merely asserted and must be a component part of a scientific critique. The presentation of such claims therefore presumes that one has already conducted the critique. I have no problem with attempting to locate a issue in terms of history, including the history of thought. It was _precisely_ for that reason that I reacted strongly to the suggestion which was made about the class basis of surplus approach theory. I would argue that this form of debate has been a big part of what has been wrong with Marxist debates from Marx's time on: I can think of dozens of such examples including (mis-)characterizing anarchism as petty-bourgeois and Stalinists and Trotskyists each accusing the other of being petty-bourgeois. It is a form of debate which we need to surpass. In solidarity, Jerry ________________________________________________________________________ Bei AOL gibt's jetzt kostenlos eMail für alle. Klicken Sie auf AOL.de um heraus zu finden, was es sonst noch kostenlos bei AOL gibt.
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