Post #1505 • January 27, 2012, 10:39 AM • 61 Comments
Dr. Madsen Pirie, president of the Adam Smith Institute, is saying that value is in the mind that thinks about the object, not the object itself. Does this contradict what I said about artistic excellence, that it's a dynamic between perceiver and perceived?
I agree with Dr. Pirie that if I have no desire for something it has no value to me. And yet if someone crafts an object with the intention of making something that has value for him, there's an extant chance that I, as a fellow human, will find something of value in it as well. In terms I used in my essay, he has put qualities into the object that are designed to trigger my experience of value. Whether those triggers have any affect depends on my state of mind.
So I say there's no contradiction at the point that this becomes an economic discussion, but before that, at an aesthetic level, there may be.
Marx, in any case, is still wrong.