The Importance of Others: Marx on Unalienated Production

Ethics 130 (4):555-587 (2020)
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Abstract

Marx’s vision of unalienated production is often thought to be subject to decisive objections. This article argues that these objections rely on a misinterpretation of Marx’s position. It provides a new interpretation of Marx’s vision of unalienated production. Unlike another well-known account, it suggests that unalienated production involves realizing oneself through providing others with the goods and services they need for their self-realization. It argues that this view is appealing and that it offers a more successful response to objections than previous interpretations. In doing so, it hopes to put Marx’s concern with alienation and nonalienation back on the table.

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Jan Kandiyali
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