Re: [OPE-L] price of production/value

From: Fred Moseley (fmoseley@MTHOLYOKE.EDU)
Date: Mon Feb 20 2006 - 09:17:22 EST

On Mon, 13 Feb 2006, Paul Cockshott wrote:

> Ian Wright wrote:
> > I think there is work to be done relating your kind of interpretation
> > of Marx's theory to the N-R interpretation, rather than assuming that
> > they are simply written in different languages, and never the twain
> > shall meet. I don't think I'm being naive in thinking that rational
> > people, Marixsts and neo-Ricardians alike, can mutually learn from
> > each other via critical engagement with the other's theoretical
> > framework. We are tying to talk about the same object.
> >
> I think this is a very fair point. If one insists that every subsequent
> theorist
> must use exactly the same linguistic and conceptual framework as the
> previous
> one, then there could be no theoretical development. One has to at least
> initially assume that Sraffa is talking about the same reality and trying
> to construct a way of theorising it.
> --
> Paul Cockshott

Paul, as I discussed in a previous post, I am not insisting that every
theory use the same conceptual frameowrk.  Rather, I am emphasizing
that Marx's conceptual framework is very different from Sraffa's
conceptual framework, and thus that the conclusions derived from
Sraffa's framework do not apply to marx's framework.  I also agree
(with some reservations) that Sraffa's theory is about the same
reality as Marx's theory.  But I argue that Sraffian conclusions about
that reality (e.g. values not linked to prices) are not correct
conclusions, because the Sraffian framework is not the correct
framework for analyzing capitalist reality.


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