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Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics

  • Date Published: February 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521290838

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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.

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    ' … a remarkable book … Ollman has discovered a kind of Ariadne's thread through the maze of Marxian linguistic problems … brilliant and illuminating.' New York Review of Books

    'Ollman's book distinguishes itself from the rest by virtue of its scholarly concentration, readability, sobriety and above all relevance to issues which are central, not only to an understanding of marx, but also (even more importantly) to an understanding of the complex world which Marx himself endeavored to comprehend and describe.' Political Studies

    ' … as authoritative and comprehensive a study as any I have read. But the striking originality of the book lies in its method, in the preliminary alanysis which Ollman undertakes to study Marx's 'peculiar' use of terms.' Science and Society

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521290838
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 210 x 141 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Philosophical Introduction:
    1. With words that appear like bats
    2. Social relations as subject matter
    3. The philosophy of internal relations
    4. Is there a Marxian ethic:
    5. Dialectic as outlook
    6. Dialectic as inquiry and exposition
    Part II. Marx's Conception of Human Nature:
    7. Powers and needs
    8. Natural man
    9. Species man
    10. Relating man to objects: orientation, perception
    11. Appropriation
    12. Nature as evidence
    13. Activity, work, creativity
    14. Man's social nature
    15. The character of the species
    16. Freedom as essence
    17. Man, classes, people
    Part III. The Theory of Alienation:
    18. The theory of alienation
    19. Man's relation to his productive activity
    20. Man's relation to his product
    21. Man's relation to his fellow men
    22. Man's relation to his species
    23. The capitalist's alienation
    24. The division of labor and private property
    25. The labor theory of value: labor-power
    26. Value as alienated labor
    27. The metamorphosis of value
    28. The fetishism of commoditites
    29. Class as a value relation
    30. State as a value relation
    31. Religion as a value relation
    32. Marx's critique of bourgeois ideology
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    33. A critical evaluation

  • Author

    Bertell Ollman, New York University

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