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By Allen W. Wood

This can be essentially the most revered books on Marx's philosophical idea. wooden explains Marx's perspectives from a philosophical viewpoint and defends Marx opposed to universal misunderstandings and criticisms of his perspectives. all of the significant philosophical subject matters in Marx's paintings are thought of: the principal thought of alienation; ancient materialism and Marx's account of social sessions; the character and social functionality of morality; philosophical materialism and Marx's atheism; and Marx's use of the Hegelian dialectical process and the Marxian thought of value.

The moment version has been revised to incorporate a brand new bankruptcy on capitalist exploitation and new feedback for additional interpreting. wooden has additionally further a considerable new preface which seems at Marx's concept in mild of the autumn of the Soviet Union and our endured ambivalence in the direction of capitalism, exploring Marx's carrying on with relevance within the twenty-first century.

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Part Five attempts to understand Marx’s relation to Hegel and to dialectical thinking. It also takes a look at Capital in light of its dialectical structure. It focuses in particular on the Marxian law of value and its relation to a Marxian theory of relative prices, in light of its rationale and function within Marx’s dialectical economic theory. xli Part One A L I E N AT I O N 1 T H E C O N C E P T O F A L I E N AT I O N 1 The young Marx’s ‘theory’ of alienation In his essays and manuscripts of 1843 and 1844, the young Marx uses the terms Entfremdung (‘alienation’ or ‘estrangement’) and Entäusserung (‘externalization’ or ‘alienation’) to refer to a great many things.

Multinational corporations, supported by a system of international treaties designed to promote ‘free trade’ increasingly operate beyond any constraints that could be imposed by even the most formally democratic institutions. The propaganda put out by each side in the Cold War was headlined by the claim that if the other side ever won final victory, the result would be a world historical calamity for the human race. The West won the Cold War chiefly because its claim on this score eventually – and with good reason – came to be almost universally believed.

Because the unhappy consciousness takes itself, and the whole changeable world, to be at odds with its own essence, it regards itself and the natural world as ‘inessential’ (unwesentlich); it feels itself, its activity and the whole sphere of its finite temporal existence to be, empty, worthless, devoid of true reality or 10 T H E C O N C E P T O F A L I E N AT I O N significance. ’17 The unhappy consciousness thus consumes itself in a desperate yearning after the beyond, and in a ceaseless penitential labor and desire aimed at reconciling it with its divine essence.

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