Principles of Social Science - Vol. 1

Principles of Social Science - Vol. 1

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Principles of Social Science - Vol. 1

Principles of Social Science - Vol. 1

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The work now offered for consideration, will speak for itself; but its readers will, perhaps, excuse its author, if, for a few moments, he asks their attention to matters of little interest to any but himself.

Of the principles here enunciated, some now make their appearance for the first time; whereas, others were first published, twenty years ago. Since then, the latter have reappeared in another work, by a distinguished French economist, which -- its circulation having been extensive -- has been read by thousands, who have never seen the volumes, in which the same ideas had peviously been published. Finding, here, a repetition of what they had read elsewhere, and given without acknowledgment, those persons would, most naturally, be disposed to suspect the present author of having wrongfully appropriated the property of another; when, in point of fact, he was, himself, the real owner. This would be an unpleasant state of things; and, as the only mode by which it can be avoided, he deems it well to make, on this occasion, a brief statement of the order of discovery, of the various new ideas contained in the following pages.

The theory of value, as now given, was first published in 1837. Being very simple, it was very comprehensive -- embracing every commodity, or thing, in reference to which the idea of value could exist -- whether land, labor, or their products. This was one step towards establish-

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