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Alienation : Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society - Professor Bertell Ollman


Marx's Conception of Man in a Capitalist Society

Paperback Published: 25th April 1977
ISBN: 9780521290838
Number Of Pages: 360

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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.

Industry Reviews

' ... 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

Philosophical Introduction
With words that appear like bats
Social relations as subject matter
The philosophy of internal relations
Is there a Marxian ethic
Dialectic as outlook
Dialectic as inquiry and exposition
Marx's Conception of Human Nature
Powers and needs
Natural man
Species man
Relating man to objects: orientation, perception
Nature as evidence
Activity, work, creativity
Man's social nature
The character of the species
Freedom as essence
Man, classes, people
The Theory of Alienation
The theory of alienation
Man's relation to his productive activity
Man's relation to his product
Man's relation to his fellow men
Man's relation to his species
The capitalist's alienation
The division of labor and private property
The labor theory of value: labor-power
Value as alienated labor
The metamorphosis of value
The fetishism of commoditites
Class as a value relation
State as a value relation
Religion as a value relation
Marx's critique of bourgeois ideology
A critical evaluation
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ISBN: 9780521290838
ISBN-10: 052129083X
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 25th April 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised