Readings for October 27th, 2018:
Continuation of Marx’s Economic and Philosophical Ms. pp. 106–119 on Estranged Labor and pp. 170–193 “Critique of the Hegelian Dialectic,” – this is fundamentally Marx’s relinquishing of Hegelian idealism vis a vis Feurbach’s overturning of this idealism. Marx concentrates mostly on consciousness, self-consciousness and estrangement and the negation of the negation. For the early Marx, Hegel is the first philosopher to seriously raise the labor question in relation to political economy.
The other reading is the section titled, “The Phenomenon of Reification,” in History and Class Consciousness by Lukacs, pp. 83–109. We will examine the reading of Marx’s commodity form and its phantom objectivity from this section, as well as the split (the modern schizoid) between labor power and one’s personality.