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Труд и игра: бележки към една политическа икономия на естетическото
Work and Play: Notes on a Political Economy of the Aesthetic

Author(s): Ognian Kassabov
Subject(s): Marxist economics, History of Philosophy, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, History of ideas
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: play; work; labour; Kant; Schiller; Hegel; Marx; alienation; aesthetics; economics

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the meaning of Kant’s metaphor of free play of faculties in aesthetic judgment, discussed in the perspective of Schiller’s contrasting of work (labour) and play, which gave rise to a peculiar fictional, but conciliatory, status for the aesthetic. The article then traces some articulations between the realms of alienated labour and of free creativity in Hegel and Marx, and concludes with notes on the lasting social significance of this contrastive aesthetic metaphor.

  • Issue Year: XXV/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 32-44
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English, Bulgarian