Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist

Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist


Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society Cambridge Studies in the History Theory of Politics [EPUB] ✼ Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society Cambridge Studies in the History Theory of Politics By Bertell Ollman – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 poi In this book the most thorough account of Conception of PDF ☆ 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 Alienation Marx's MOBI :Þ almost uniue 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 systematic discussion of Marx's theory of ideology elements of which were Marx's Conception of eBook ☆ 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.

  • Paperback
  • 360 pages
  • Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society Cambridge Studies in the History Theory of Politics
  • Bertell Ollman
  • English
  • 09 May 2015
  • 9780521290838

About the Author: Bertell Ollman

Bertell Ollman is a professor of politics at Conception of PDF ☆ New York University He teaches both dialectical methodology and socialist theory He is the author of several academic works relating to Marxist theoryOllman is also the creator of Class Struggle a board game based around his Marxist beliefs and from was president of Class Struggle Inc the company that initially produced and marketed th.



10 thoughts on “Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society Cambridge Studies in the History Theory of Politics

  1. David Anderson David Anderson says:

    Without a doubt this is one of the best books about Marx's social theory I've read on so many levels Proceeding from a concern with helping readers understand Marx's unusual use of language something which has bedeviled readers through the years Ollman provides a detailed examination of Marx's philosophy of internal relations the much neglected logical foundation of his dialectical method In the process he demonstrates how both Marx's critics and his followers especially the so called orthodox Marxists have misconstrued Marx's dialectical method and how much it owed to Hegel The main difference in their use of the dialectic was Marx's content or subject of analysis which flowed from the materialist assumption that ideas are produced by the surrounded world rather than proceeding in the opposite direction as Hegel did with his concepts of Absolute Idea and World Spirit This is what is meant by the saying that Marx placed Hegel who was standing on his head right side up But his conception of the dialectic proceeded from the same basic dialectical laws transformation of uantity into uality mutual penetration of polar opposites and transformation into each other when carried to extremes development through contradiction or negation spiral form of development as elaborated by Engels in The Dialectics of NatureThe way Marx's philosophy of internal relations informed his use of dialectic is given a nuanced explanation by OllmanEach entity with which Marx came into contact was viewed as internally related to numerous others in a setting that was forever fluctuating; it was seen as something which experiences ualitative change with an alteration at some point in uantity; as something which appears uite different even the opposite of what it does now when looked at from another angle or for another purpose; and as something which progresses through repeated conflicts between its parts conflicts that are taken to constitute a series of reactions against what went before p 58This is so much subtle and complex than the reductive view of the dialectic as the rock ribbed triad of thesis anti theses and synthesis in Ollman's words as commonly construed by both Marx's detractors and adherents an overly simplified construction that robs the dialectic of much of its analytical powerBut most central is Ollman's demonstration that the theory of alienation the most misunderstood and neglected area of his theory was actually a cornerstone of Marx's thought and it remained so with him for the rest of his life informing all of his work Marx on alienation is fundamental to understanding the social relations of capitalism as rooted in commodity production and the process of the commodification of social relations and life objectifying and dehumanizing everyone capitalists workers and unemployed alike although the alienation suffered by capitalist is materially less dire than that of the worker needless to say This already made a great deal of sense to me having read the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 often denigrated as the pre scientific socialism Marx As much as I enjoyed Ollman's explanation of the theory of alienation where this book was most enlightening to me personally was regarding the philosophy of internal relations and its implications in providing a fuller understanding of Marx's dialectical method Because of that I plan on reading of Bertell Ollman's works on the application of dialectics proceeding next to his book Dialectical Investigations

  2. Arjun Ravichandran Arjun Ravichandran says:

    Our socio economic system is not simply a matter of how goods are produced It has very real effects on how we view ourselves our lives and others This insight has implications for what we define as freedom and prosperity The theory of alienation was a cornerstone of Marx's thought and it remained with him for the whole of his life informing all of his work This book is an excellent introduction to the concept ; Ollman writes without the hindrance of any jargon so that one can see exactly what alienation is how it arose and its existential effects on all of us

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    Came to this after attempting to read Marx's economic and philosophical manuscripts which I frankly found confusing This book is both incredibly lucid and very difficult which is really just a way of saying that Ollman has an exceptional ability in bringing forward the full depth of Marx's thought It really makes you realise just how misunderstood Marx actually is

  4. عماد العتيلي عماد العتيلي says:

    ‎‫‏‬‬‬‬‬‬‬This is what I needed to get to know about Marx’s theory of AlienationA very good reference

  5. Eric Lawton Eric Lawton says:

    Three stars because I really liked it when I first read it decades ago but didn't much like it this timePossibly because I internalised what I thought were its best points so it didn't see novel this timeThis time the ideas about dialectics seemed obvious and it spent too much time on “what Marx really meant” as opposed to “what is useful today from Marx's writings”

  6. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    Perhaps the most misunderstood and problematic aspect of Marxist theory is the approach to alienation and as a result there is a tendency to put it to one side or to treat alienation in a way that is little than psychologistic gobbledegook But for Marx alienation is not the product of social isolation as the term is so often used in contemporary pop psychology and social policy but a fundamental element of work and production in capitalism For Ollman this leads to an investigation of what he calls the problem of individuation For me Marx on alienation is fundamental to understanding the social relations of capitalism and therefore our current world because it takes us not only to this uestion of individuation and the privatisation of social experience and life but also because it links so closely to both commodity production and the process of the commodification of social relations and life This book is not the place to start this investigation if for no other reason than it deals with difficult issues but nearly 40 years after the first edition was published it remains an essential part of that study A vital classic

  7. Orion Fisher Orion Fisher says:

    Holy moly This was a massive read 300 pages of pure philosophy and economics Ollman takes care to explain every single thread of Marx's philosophy of internal relations while relating it to everything Marx and everything economics At times this book appeared impossible to get through posing a daunting task to me every time I picked up the heavy text But although it took me than a month to get through I learned invaluable information for my progressive study into Marxism Ollman expounds upon Marx's works while analyzing them to their individual words spending chapter by chapter describing to the reader Marx's word choice and his dialectically changing definitions Ollman then synthesizes his work into Marx's theory of alienation connecting it all in a satisfying conclusion to economics politics syntax alienation and philosophy

  8. Mariano Mariano says:

    This remains a fundamental book to navigate the complexity of Marx's thought and method It is also especially valuable to unpack the enormously rich writings of the young Marx; I recommend reading it alongside the 1844 Manuscripts Well organized and lucidly written

  9. Ian Ian says:

    Time to update Lenin’s statement “It’s impossible to understand Capital without first having mastered Hegel’s Logic” by replacing Hegel’s Logic with Ollman’s “Alienation”Exceptional

  10. Cemal Gargamel Cemal Gargamel says:

    Especially the most interesting part is the Marx view of communist society and communist individual

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10 thoughts on “Alienation Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society Cambridge Studies in the History Theory of Politics

  1. David Anderson David Anderson says:

    Without a doubt this is one of the best books about Marx's social theory I've read on so many levels Proceeding from a concern with helping readers understand Marx's unusual use of language something which has bedeviled readers through the years Ollman provides a detailed examination of Marx's philosophy of internal relations the much neglected logical foundation of his dialectical method In the process he demonstrates how both Marx's critics and his followers especially the so called orthodox Marxists have misconstrued Marx's dialectical method and how much it owed to Hegel The main difference in their use of the dialectic was Marx's content or subject of analysis which flowed from the materialist assumption that ideas are produced by the surrounded world rather than proceeding in the opposite direction as Hegel did with his concepts of Absolute Idea and World Spirit This is what is meant by the saying that Marx placed Hegel who was standing on his head right side up But his conception of the dialectic proceeded from the same basic dialectical laws transformation of uantity into uality mutual penetration of polar opposites and transformation into each other when carried to extremes development through contradiction or negation spiral form of development as elaborated by Engels in The Dialectics of NatureThe way Marx's philosophy of internal relations informed his use of dialectic is given a nuanced explanation by OllmanEach entity with which Marx came into contact was viewed as internally related to numerous others in a setting that was forever fluctuating; it was seen as something which experiences ualitative change with an alteration at some point in uantity; as something which appears uite different even the opposite of what it does now when looked at from another angle or for another purpose; and as something which progresses through repeated conflicts between its parts conflicts that are taken to constitute a series of reactions against what went before p 58This is so much subtle and complex than the reductive view of the dialectic as the rock ribbed triad of thesis anti theses and synthesis in Ollman's words as commonly construed by both Marx's detractors and adherents an overly simplified construction that robs the dialectic of much of its analytical powerBut most central is Ollman's demonstration that the theory of alienation the most misunderstood and neglected area of his theory was actually a cornerstone of Marx's thought and it remained so with him for the rest of his life informing all of his work Marx on alienation is fundamental to understanding the social relations of capitalism as rooted in commodity production and the process of the commodification of social relations and life objectifying and dehumanizing everyone capitalists workers and unemployed alike although the alienation suffered by capitalist is materially less dire than that of the worker needless to say This already made a great deal of sense to me having read the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 often denigrated as the pre scientific socialism Marx As much as I enjoyed Ollman's explanation of the theory of alienation where this book was most enlightening to me personally was regarding the philosophy of internal relations and its implications in providing a fuller understanding of Marx's dialectical method Because of that I plan on reading of Bertell Ollman's works on the application of dialectics proceeding next to his book Dialectical Investigations

  2. Arjun Ravichandran Arjun Ravichandran says:

    Our socio economic system is not simply a matter of how goods are produced It has very real effects on how we view ourselves our lives and others This insight has implications for what we define as freedom and prosperity The theory of alienation was a cornerstone of Marx's thought and it remained with him for the whole of his life informing all of his work This book is an excellent introduction to the concept ; Ollman writes without the hindrance of any jargon so that one can see exactly what alienation is how it arose and its existential effects on all of us

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    Came to this after attempting to read Marx's economic and philosophical manuscripts which I frankly found confusing This book is both incredibly lucid and very difficult which is really just a way of saying that Ollman has an exceptional ability in bringing forward the full depth of Marx's thought It really makes you realise just how misunderstood Marx actually is

  4. عماد العتيلي عماد العتيلي says:

    ‎‫‏‬‬‬‬‬‬‬This is what I needed to get to know about Marx’s theory of AlienationA very good reference

  5. Eric Lawton Eric Lawton says:

    Three stars because I really liked it when I first read it decades ago but didn't much like it this timePossibly because I internalised what I thought were its best points so it didn't see novel this timeThis time the ideas about dialectics seemed obvious and it spent too much time on “what Marx really meant” as opposed to “what is useful today from Marx's writings”

  6. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    Perhaps the most misunderstood and problematic aspect of Marxist theory is the approach to alienation and as a result there is a tendency to put it to one side or to treat alienation in a way that is little than psychologistic gobbledegook But for Marx alienation is not the product of social isolation as the term is so often used in contemporary pop psychology and social policy but a fundamental element of work and production in capitalism For Ollman this leads to an investigation of what he calls the problem of individuation For me Marx on alienation is fundamental to understanding the social relations of capitalism and therefore our current world because it takes us not only to this uestion of individuation and the privatisation of social experience and life but also because it links so closely to both commodity production and the process of the commodification of social relations and life This book is not the place to start this investigation if for no other reason than it deals with difficult issues but nearly 40 years after the first edition was published it remains an essential part of that study A vital classic

  7. Orion Fisher Orion Fisher says:

    Holy moly This was a massive read 300 pages of pure philosophy and economics Ollman takes care to explain every single thread of Marx's philosophy of internal relations while relating it to everything Marx and everything economics At times this book appeared impossible to get through posing a daunting task to me every time I picked up the heavy text But although it took me than a month to get through I learned invaluable information for my progressive study into Marxism Ollman expounds upon Marx's works while analyzing them to their individual words spending chapter by chapter describing to the reader Marx's word choice and his dialectically changing definitions Ollman then synthesizes his work into Marx's theory of alienation connecting it all in a satisfying conclusion to economics politics syntax alienation and philosophy

  8. Mariano Mariano says:

    This remains a fundamental book to navigate the complexity of Marx's thought and method It is also especially valuable to unpack the enormously rich writings of the young Marx; I recommend reading it alongside the 1844 Manuscripts Well organized and lucidly written

  9. Ian Ian says:

    Time to update Lenin’s statement “It’s impossible to understand Capital without first having mastered Hegel’s Logic” by replacing Hegel’s Logic with Ollman’s “Alienation”Exceptional

  10. Cemal Gargamel Cemal Gargamel says:

    Especially the most interesting part is the Marx view of communist society and communist individual

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