Alienation as a critical concept

@inproceedings{Sayers2011AlienationAA,
  title={Alienation as a critical concept},
  author={Sean Sayers},
  year={2011}
}
This paper discusses Marx's concept of alienated (or estranged) labour, focusing mainly on his account in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844. This concept is frequently taken to be a moral notion based on a concept of universal human nature. This view is criticized and it is argued that the concept of alienation should rather be interpreted in the light of Hegelian historical ideas. In Hegel, alienation is not a purely negative phenomenon; it is a necessary stage of human… CONTINUE READING

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