Tuesday, February 02, 2010


These are a few very provisional links relating to the issue of alienation, which we spoke about very briefly last week.
Firstly, here's the Chris Arthur text I mentioned, which is useful as regards the translation of the word(s):

If you want to pursue the theme further you could look at Marx's essay on Estranged Labour (from the 1844 Manuscripts), which can be found here:
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/manuscripts/labour.htm the
The section on Private Property and Communism in The German Ideology might also be useful (you need to scroll down for that section if you click this link):
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01a.htm#a4...but of course one of the really key sections of text relating to this theme is of course the description of commodity fetishism and the 'ontological inversion' that it involves, as set out in the sections of Capital that we looked at the other week.

If you want to go beyond Marx you might want to look at Lukacs' essay Reification and the Class Consciousness of the Proletariat (very influential, but very difficult in the later sections): http://www.marxists.org/archive/lukacs/works/history/hcc05.htm or maybe
even Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, which is the text that I'm
most concerned with. http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/debord/ Karl Korsch's
Marxism and Philosophy might be interesting too, as it's similar to
Lukac's text in some ways. http://www.marxists.org/archive/korsch/1923/marxism-philosophy.htmIf you get really into the alienation issue I can point towards some
of the Hegel stuff that it stems from.

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