By Sean Sayers
What does Marx suggest by means of 'alienation'? What position does the idea that play in his critique of capitalism and his imaginative and prescient of a destiny society?
Marx and Alienation offers intensive with the most very important philosophical assumptions of Marx's paintings. It units Marx's account of alienation and its overcoming within the context of the Hegelian philosophy from which it derives, and discusses it in terms of modern debates and controversies. It demanding situations different fresh bills of Marx's thought, and exhibits that wisdom of Hegel's philosophy is key for an knowing of valuable subject matters in Marx's philosophy.
Marx and Alienation explains and discusses Marx's principles in an unique and available style and makes an immense contribution to Marxist philosophy.
'This very good e-book manages to express, with compelling readability, the most profound and nuanced philosophical topics; it is helping restoration the dialecticity of Marxist proposal through elaborating its Hegelian origins. it's the top booklet i've got encounter at the Marxist idea of 'alienation'.' - Tony McKenna, Marx & Philosophy evaluation of Books
'Sean Sayers' booklet is a powerful try to provide a defence of the Hegelian size of Marx's idea, and during it to shield Marx's idea of alienation.' - Dan Swain, overseas Socialism magazine
'Sayers presents a robust argument for the deep-lying Hegelianism of Marx's notion, sheds new gentle on a few well-trodden components, and writes in an obtainable sort that a lot Marx scholarship nonetheless lacks. What he proves, especially else, is that while greatly has been written on Hegel-Marx dating, this manner of impending Marx's philosophical principles continues to be the main fertile box of inquiry for Marx scholarship today.' - Jan Kandiyali, Radical Philosophy
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Extra resources for Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes
Properly understood and suitably developed Marx’s concept of labour continues to provide a more satisfactory basis for understanding the nature of work in the modern world. Marx’s concept of labour According to Marx, labour is an intentional activity designed to produce a change in the material world. In his early writings, he conceives of work as a process of ‘objectiﬁcation’ through which labour is ‘embodied and made material in an object’ (Marx, 1975e, 324). Later he describes labour as activity through which human beings give form to materials and thus realise themselves in the world.
The ﬁrst seeds of this theory of labour appear very early in Hegel’s work (Hegel, 1979). It is well worked out by time of the Jena lectures (Hegel, 1983). It is presented again in his later work (Hegel, 1991, §§196–207, 231–9). The latter work was well known to Marx. The earlier accounts were not published in Marx’s time and would not have been available to him. 36 Marx and Alienation different forms of labour are arranged on an ascending scale according to the degree of mediation that they establish between subject and object.
The traditional methods of work are not altered, but the social organisation of work, the division of labour, is transformed. With the introduction of machinery, the labour process itself is altered. This is what Marx (1976, 1023–5, 1034–8) calls the ‘real subsumption’ of labour under capital. In craft production, the worker controls the tool. In industrial production, the tool is operated by the machine. The craft element is progressively eliminated from the labour process (Marx, 1973a, 705), the industrial factory is created.
Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes by Sean Sayers