Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation by Amy E. Wendling

By Amy E. Wendling

The writer attracts on lesser identified archival fabrics, together with Marx's notebooks on girls and patriarchy and know-how to supply a brand new interpretation of Marx's notion of alienation as this idea develops in his later works.

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"This is a scholarly and good argued therapy of a few primary and relevant problems with Marxist idea as a way to be of significant curiosity to readers in quite a lot of disciplines. It provides what's going to be, to so much readers, unique and thought-provoking rules and arguments in a full of life and stimulating way." - Sean Sayers, college of Kent, UK

"Professor Wendling's venture is a vital one, and it truly is constructed rather well, in very attention-grabbing methods, and it'll allure someone who's attracted to Marx's philosophy, philosophy of know-how, and/or the critique of capitalism. Wendling demonstrates rather well the ambivalence towards the individual and the human topic in Marx's paintings, and certainly she fills out this challenge in ways in which are extraordinary, interesting, and provocative." - invoice Martin, DePaul college

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In order to effect the common, material world— and to survive—laborers are therefore indebted to what Smith calls “a master [who] advances them the materials of their work and their wages and maintenance till it be completed” (1976, 82, Bk VIII). Marx will want to lift the modern means of production, combinations of workers, and division of labor from the exploitive mode of production through which they were historically constituted. Much of Marx’s later work is an attempt to work out how this can be accomplished.

As we shall see, for Marx, the new themes that challenge the bourgeois model of Locke and Smith arise alongside it rather than fully displacing it and totally eliminating the critique of capitalism from the standpoint of labor. Feuerbach: alienation and the gods Thus, alienation is both an economic and a political concept. It is also a theological concept. For Marx, the gods are a projected version of the human essence: myths that stand over and dominate their actual creators. As we have seen, Marx derives this strain of his thinking from Ludwig Feuerbach, a left Hegelian whose break from Hegel’s absolute idealism occurred through an anthropological critique of Christianity.

16 John Locke and Adam Smith: objectification, alienation, property, and tools In John Locke’s theory of property, property is something I make by mixing my labor with some unowned natural substance. This making is founded in a still more primary property, the property of the body. Locke writes, [E]very Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labour of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out of the State that Nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath mixed his Labour with, and joined to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his Property.

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