Philosophy Today 23 (2):99-112 (1979)

Marx and heidegger agree that capitalism turns everything into a commodity for economic exploitation. Unlike marx, However, Heidegger regards both capitalism and communism as instances of human subjectivism: the attitude that man is the measure of all things, And that everything is an object to be dominated by the human subject. Capitalist man dominates nature (including man) individually; communist man does so collectively. Marx, Unfortunately, Was taken in by hegel's anthropocentric view of history, And had an unwavering faith in the promise of industrialization for liberating mankind from its problems. Heidegger calls for a new way of understanding humanity: as an integral part of nature, Not its lord and master. Neither capitalism nor communism can comprehend this way of thinking
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