[OPE-L] James Furner's paper in Historical Materialism

From: Hans G. Ehrbar (ehrbar@LISTS.ECON.UTAH.EDU)
Date: Wed Mar 02 2005 - 08:43:16 EST


Marx did not say that the contradiction seems odd.  Marx
says: there seems to be a contradiction.  His next sentence
(omitted by James) is: Let us look at the matter more
closely.  (This is something Marx also says on other
occasions when he runs into a contradiction.) And then Marx
resolves this contradiction, showing that exchange-value has
both intrinsic and relative aspect.

James is the one who used the word "odd," not for the
contradiction itself but for Marx's suggestion that
exchange-value is intrinsic.  And James, misled by the
impossible translation, thinks that Marx wants to establish
only one pole of the contradiction, namely, that
exchange-value is intrinsic, instead of recognizing that
Marx arrives at a dialectical sublation in which both the
intrinsic and the relative aspect of exchange-value is


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