[OPE-L:2672] Re: More on abstract labour

Allin Cottrell (cottrell@wfu.edu)
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 11:36:03 -0700 (PDT)

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On Wed, 17 Jul 1996, mktitoh@e.u-tokyo.ac.jp wrote:

> I would like to agree with your view on the dialogue between Marx and
> Aristotole concerning abstract labour. This means that I am on your side on
> the issue on pre-capitalist socieies in your letter to Dancun. However, we
> can see that capitalis economy enforces the more strict economy of
> labour-time through the economy of costs of production, as Dancun suggests.

Yes, I would agree with the last point.

> 2) If the polymorphous quality of human labour-power is the real
> foundation of the abstruct labour in all the forms of societies, then can
> we not see the same ground for homogenious equality of expended labour-time
> regardless of educational or training costs of skill which differentiate
> the values of labour-power for complex labour-power in a (capitalist)
> market economy?

Again, agreed.

> These points are not within mere interpretation of Marx's texts, but are
> hopefully in accord with Marx's spirit of thinking. How do you feel? I hope
> that you can read my book. Or did you read it?

I haven't read it yet, but I hope to do so.

Allin Cottrell