Excerpt: Marc Shell, Money, Language and Thought

Recognizing money of the mind involves locating monetary form in linguistic exchange […] That money and language are complementary or competing systems of tropic production and exchange suggests that money not only is one theme, metaphoric content, or “root metaphor” […] in some works of language, but also participates actively in all. My argument is not that money is talked about in particular works of literature and philosophy (which is certainly the case), but that money talks in and through discourse in general. The monetary information of thought, unlike its content, cannot be eradicated from discourse without changing thought itself, within whose tropes and processes the language of wares (Warensprache) is an ineradicable participant.


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