[OPE-L:3186] Re: Orthodoxy

Michael Perelman (michael@ecst.csuchico.edu)
Mon, 30 Sep 1996 08:24:07 -0700 (PDT)

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Alan is correct that we must let Marx speak; and Paul is correct that
most of us are not capable of reading Marx on our own. We benefit from
those who have gone before us. We follow the Meeks, the Brewers, the
Althussers, or whoever seems to offer useful guidance. This process
gives rise to schools. At some point the schools become stultifying,
because they fail to accept alternative readings.

Thus, Andrew calls for Marx's Marx.

I suspect that the tension between the support that schools of thought
give and their blocking off of lines of analysis is central to progress.

Dialectics anyone?

Michael Perelman
Economics Department
California State University
Chico, CA 95929
Tel. 916-898-5321
E-Mail michael@ecst.csuchico.edu