[OPE-L:2237] Re: testing marx

Michael Williams (100417.2625@compuserve.com)
Wed, 15 May 1996 16:43:16 -0700

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I find Paul's confidence, earlier about the nature of scientific method and the
assumption of uniformity of scientific method across social as well as 'natural'
science, and now about the homogeneity of interpretations of Marx's labour
theory of value slightly chilling.

As to the latter, it all depends on how one interprets 'labour' and 'value' -
and each (not to mention their interconnection) has had a variety of
interpretations, arguably within Marx, and certainly within the subsequent
literature, including, from early impressions, among participants in OPE-L. I am
not suggesting we should maintain a flabby 'open mind' on these issues, only
recognise that the 'settlements' upon which we fix from time to time are at best
temporary equilibria, not being susceptible either to logical proof or
definitive empirical evidence.

Or am I missing something here?

Comradely greetings

Michael W.