Then turning to Shakespeare's works themselves, he examines the key words and ideas with which he depicted the epochal changes through which the English economy was passing--from use-value
to exchange-value--and shows how he subtly adjusted their meanings to fit new circumstances and phenomena.
The first is written in a dense Marxist argot that focuses on the "real subsumption" of use-value
into circuits of exchange.
No matter how malevolent our art, the receiving side always seems to assign it a use-value
so that rather than producing schisms in the network, what we make more often produces a method by which schisms can be closed.
Real wealth or use-value
is anything that satisfies human needs, whereas value is the specific social representation of use-value
Is it the title of one's works, institutional affiliations, or use-value
for other rhetoricians?
The life span, or durability, of every non-perishable item is a multiplier of its use-value
Robert Paehlke defines the use-value
paradigm as one in which "the
But this means that all inputs and outputs of production must be securely commodified, so that capital can achieve the indifference to use-value
that is required by its single-minded focus on profit expansion.
True, there was more "stuff" available than before, and Korda persuasively argues that more of it comprised "luxury goods" (21) and that beyond simple use-value
, household stuff served a "civilizing function" (19).
In analyzing toy consumption, we cannot simply disregard use-value
as some suggest.
This overlaps with the process of transition from use-value
to commodity production.
But Aristotle had argued that use-value
and exchange-value are metaphysically distinct as quality and quantity (in Nicomachean Ethics 5.