Tuesday, July 15, 2014

three quotes

"[Marx's] enquiry into wage-labour is initiated from the point of view of a division of labour between self-employed producers (farmer meets cloth-maker), and proceeds to analyze the dual nature of labour: concrete (labour has use value) and abstract (it produces exchange value)." Dauvé, Value, Time, and Communism

"The totality of our so-called knowledge or beliefs, from the most casual matters of geography and history to the profoundest laws of atomic physics or even of pure mathematics and logic, is a man-made fabric which impinges on experience only along the edges." Quine, The Verification Theory and Reductionism

"What we know is `So-and-so has a mind which has such and such properties' but we do not know `A has such and such properties', where A is the mind in question. In such a case, we know the properties of a thing without having acquaintance with the thing itself, and without, consequently, knowing any single proposition of which the thing itself is a constituent." Russell, On Denoting