Use-value in English and German

Use-value is Gebrauchwert in German. This is simple; the problems come with translating 'usefulness':

There is a good description of the difference between 'utility' and 'usefulness' in section a of Phases of the Marginalist Revolution.

'Utility' has a second unrelated meaning: the 'public utilities' ('Dienste') are gas, electricity, water, etc.

Confusingly, English translations of Marx use both 'utility' and 'usefulness' as a translation for 'NÃŒtzlichkeit'.

There was a discussion on Use Value on the German Oekonux list, which migrated to the opencollector.org wiki before this wiki existed, and can now be found here on [/Talk the talk page].


Oekonux/Glossary/UseValue (last edited 2006-06-06 19:17:10 by StefanMerten)

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