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