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Unformatted text preview: K. Rouintree; PHI 121 Marx, Alienated Labor (1844) 5/13/09; p. 1 To begin Marx, read Alienated Labor (in the Angel file: Karl Marx: Excerpts from Selected Writings: "Alienated Labor"). Read p. 55 (the top paragraph of the editors intro) and then pp. 58-67. By Wednesday, 11/28 , write brief responses to each of the following. Alienated Labor is not easy to read. In it, however, Marxs early vision of the human situation begins to emerge quite powerfully. This essay has been especially popular with certain 20 th century existentialist thinkers and their followers. A. Political economy is that kind of theoretical view that tries to supports capitalism. Keep in mind that Marx vehemently opposes political economy. On p. 58, Marx observes that capitalism, as presented by political economy, must necessarily produce a society of two classes. In the second paragraph, Marx notes that capitalists just assume the sensibleness of the capitalist system (with private property, corporate investments, and wage labor). Thus, in political economy, while competition is referred to at every point (59), political economy...
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