From: Hans G. Ehrbar (ehrbar@LISTS.ECON.UTAH.EDU)
Date: Thu Jun 03 2004 - 13:17:36 EDT
Ian, I agree fully with what you say. This causal role, or role as a transmission belt, is implied in Marx's word "darstellen". Do you remember the dichotomy Marx makes between the method of research, which takes in the multitude of phenomena, and the method of representation, which organizes these phenomena in such a way that one sees their inner connection? It is no accident that Marx uses the same word "Darstellung" here. The human researcher needs such a representation of the world in order to be able to act on the world. In the same way the market is an agency which acts on production, and again a representation is needed in order to focus the impact which the multitude of market interactions have on production. Marx's concept of representation very much implies causal activity and "transmission belt". Hans.
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