Value as Potentiality: Blockchain and the Age of Institutional Challenges

Outi Korhonen, Juho Rantala

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Abstract

Value can be understood, analyzed, and created in various ways. In addition to more pragmatic modes of valorization, there are “ontological” processes that can be understood to increase value, which will refer as ontological valorization and progressively unpack. Ontological valorization generally works as a foundation for pragmatic valorization. David Graeber has pointed out that value rises out of a system of relations, and this is the level of ontological valorization. In this chapter, the authors explore ontological valorization for possibilities of transformation at this foundational level. They explore the possibilities represented by blockchain technologies for both ontological and pragmatic valorization. The authors argue and try to show that, even with its present-day limitations and problems, the technology's innovativeness lies in its ability to create a foundation for ontological valorization, though not necessarily in certain practical applications per se.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstitutions of Value
Subtitle of host publicationLaw, Governance, and Political Ecology
EditorsIsabel Feichtner, Geoff Gordon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Pages216–235
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781003221920
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

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