[OPE-L:491] Re: abstract labor

Paul Cockshott (wpc@clyder.gn.apc.org)
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 14:11:12 -0800

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To me, it does seem that Postone and Murray have strengthened Rosdolsky's
argument about the historic specificity of abstract labor on the one hand
by clarifying that specificity in terms of its unique function of social
mediation and on the other hand by deepening the concept of historical
specificity itself with new concepts: category mistakes, paralogistic
reasoning, and determinate and general abstractions.

The terminology is impressive, but what does it mean. How in practice
to you decide if a category is mistaken, if an abstraction is
determinate or general?