For Marx,freedom entailed release from commercial labour – ‘we are free whenlike artistswe produce without the goad of physical necessity.’ In this highly engaging accountEagleton outlines the relationship between productionlabour and ownership which lie at the core of Marx’s thinking. Marx’s utopia was a place in which labour is increasingly automatedemancipating the wealth of sensuous individual development so that ‘savouring a peach [is an aspect] of our self-actualisation as much as building dams or churning out coat-hangers’. Combing extracts from Marx’s revolutionary philosophyalong with insightful analysisthis is the perfect guide to one of the world’s greatest thinkers.
The Great Philosophers:Marx
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