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Destutt de Tracy on labor and value

Jean Magnan de Bornier

Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, 2013, issue 64, 197-220

Abstract: Destutt de Tracy’s value theory is examined here in its relations to labor. This theory is original in that it has two concepts of value, one being natural, the other, conventional. Both are linked to labor, deemed to be any productive activity and the sole origin of any production, but in two quite different ways. This twovalue theory leads to contradictions, is but one example of a general proposition of ideology, that social conventions have their origin in the inner constitution of man.

Keywords: Destutt de Tracy; idéology; value; labour (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B12 B31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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