Abstraction in 1861-63.

I don’t recall having come across this passage before:

We have seen that the basis of value is the fact that human beings relate to each other’s labour as equal, and general, and in this form social, labour. This is an abstraction, like all human thought, and social relations only exist among human beings to the extent that they think, and possess this power of abstraction from sensuous individuality and contingency. (mecw 30, p. 233)

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One Response to Abstraction in 1861-63.

  1. CB says:

    It reads pretty synonymously with his critique of Aristotle in Capital, somewhere around page 250 or so.

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