All goods to be exchanged, then, should be measurable by some
standard coin or measure .... In reality, this measure is the need
which holds all things together; for if man had no needs at all or
no needs of a similar nature, there would be no exchange or not
this kind of exchange. So a coin is a sort of substitute (or
representative) for need and came into being by convention; and it
is because of this that its name is "coin" (=
it exists by regulation(= nómo) and not by nature, and it is
up to us to change a given coin or make it useless.... Now this
money, too, is subject to the same fluctuation in need, for its
worth does not always remain the same, but it has a greater
tendency to remain the same. In view of this, all things should
have a price on them; for in this way an exchange is always
possible, and if so, also an association of men.
And if there were no buying and selling, there would be no
Coinage can always bring back into the hands of its owner that
which has just been exchanged for it, just as, in representation,
a sign must be able to recall to thought that which it represents.
Money is a material memory, a self duplicating representation, a
Love is more serious than Philosophy
Who sees no humor in her observation
That Truth is knowing that we know we lie.
(W. H. Auden)