From “Labour” to “Productive Forces”. Karl Marx’s “German Ideology” in Retrospective Cover Image

Od „rada“ do „proizvodnih snaga“. Osvrt na „Nemačku ideologiju“ Karla Marksa
From “Labour” to “Productive Forces”. Karl Marx’s “German Ideology” in Retrospective

Author(s): Nevena Jevtić
Subject(s): Marxist economics, Epistemology, Social Philosophy, History of ideas, Marxism, Labor relations
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: Labour; Productive Forces; Capitalism; Marx; Hegel;

Summary/Abstract: This paper roughly sketches Marx’s notion of labour, following the manner in which it was developed in his famous work Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts. Furthermore, the author underlines that the identity of labour and capital, which is fundamental for understanding the social-economic reality, is the key point of Marx’s analyses in question. Later on in German Ideology, as part of his efforts to develop historical analyses of capital as the essentially historical phenomenon in itself, Marx replaced the notion of labour (as realization of the (trans-historic) generic essence of man) with concept of productive forces and relations, thus obtaining the historic principle of history.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 201-210
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Serbian