Marx's Conception of Man in Capitalist Society

Ollman, Bertell

Publisher:  Cambridge University Press, London, United Kingdom
Year Published:  1971  
Pages:  325pp   ISBN:  0-521-09813-0
Dewey:  320.5315
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6158

Ollman reconstructs Marx's theory of alienation 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 foundation of his method, and provides a systematic account of Marx's conception of human nature.


Table of Contents

Note on Translations
General Introduction
Part 1. Philosophical Introduction
1. With words that appear like bats
2. Social relations as subject matter
3. The philosophy of internal relations
4. Is there a Marxian ethic?
5. Dialectic as outlook
6. Dialectic as inquiry and exposition

Part II: Marx's Conception of Human Nature
7. Powers and needs
8. Natural man
9. Species man
10. Relating man to objects: orientation, perception
11. Appropriation
12. Nature as evidence
13. Activity, work, creativity
14. Man's social nature
15. The character of the species
16. Freedom as essence
17. Man, classes, people

Part III: The Theory of Alienation
18. The theory of alienation
19. Man's relation to his productive activity
20. Man's relation to his product
21. Man's relation to his fellow men
22. Man's relation to his species
23. The capitalist's alienation
24. The division of labor and private property
25. The labor theory of value: labor-power
26. Value as alienated labor
27. The metamorphosis of value
28. The fetishism of commodities
29. Class as a value Relation
30. State as a value Relation
31. Religion as a value Relation

Part IV: Conclusion
32. A critical evaluation

Notes to the text
Bibliography of works cited
Index of names and ideas

Subject Headings