Why Work? Marx and Human Nature

Sayers, Sean (2005) Why Work? Marx and Human Nature. Science & Society, 69 (4). pp. 606-616. ISSN 0036-8237 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Why work? Most people say that they work only as a means to earn a living. This instrumental view is also implied by the hedonist account of human nature which underlies utilitarianism and classical economics and which has been influential in recent `analytical’ Marxism. It is argued in this paper that Marx's concept of alienation involves a more satisfactory theory of human nature which is rooted in Hegel's philosophy. According to this, we are productive beings and work is potentially a fulfilling activity. The fact that it is not experienced as such is shown to be at the basis of Marx's critique of capitalist society.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Sean Sayers
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2008 15:01
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:08
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2718 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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