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9780521212816

Alienation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521212816

  • ISBN10:

    0521212812

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1977-02-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr

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In this book, the most thorough account of Marx's theory of alienation yet to have appeared in English, Professor Ollman reconstructs the theory from its constituent parts and offers it as a vantage point from which to view the rest of Marxism. The book further contains a detailed examination of Marx's philosophy of internal relations, the much neglected logical foudation of his method, and provides a systematic account of Marx's conception of human nature. Because of its almost unique concern with helping readers understand Marx's unusual use of language, Alienation has proven very popular in university courses on Marxism on both undergraduate and graduate levels. The first edition was widely reviewed, and in this new edition Professor Ollman replies to his critics in 'More on internal relations,' published here as Appendix II. In addition to this new appendix the author now provides a more systematic discussion of Marx's theory of ideology, elements of which were formerly dispersed throughout the book. He also attempts to set the treatment of political alienation within the broader framework of Marx's theory of the state as a model of how an approach based on internal relations can be used to integrate various apparently contradictory interpretations of Marx's views.

Table of Contents

Philosophical Introduction
With words that appear like bats
Social relations as subject matter
The philosophy of internal relations
Is there a Marxian ethic
Dialectic as outlook
Dialectic as inquiry and exposition
Marx's Conception of Human Nature
Powers and needs
Natural man
Species man
Relating man to objects: orientation, perception
Appropriation
Nature as evidence
Activity, work, creativity
Man's social nature
The character of the species
Freedom as essence
Man, classes, people
The Theory of Alienation
The theory of alienation
Man's relation to his productive activity
Man's relation to his product
Man's relation to his fellow men
Man's relation to his species
The capitalist's alienation
The division of labor and private property
The labor theory of value: labor-power
Value as alienated labor
The metamorphosis of value
The fetishism of commoditites
Class as a value relation
State as a value relation
Religion as a value relation
Marx's critique of bourgeois ideology
Conclusion
A critical evaluation
Appendices
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