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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 10, Issue 2, 2007

Manfred Baum
Pages 117-131
DOI: 10.5840/radphilrev20071023

Freedom in Marx

Through a structural analysis of the concept of labor in the Paris Manuscripts and the Grundrisse, and in response to critics of Marx such as Hannah Arendt and Alfred Schmidt, the author argues that freedom in Marx is not simply freedom from labor or free time. In accordance with the essence of the human being as a working organism, the goal of the socialist revolution is also free labor. Finally, the transformation of the human being brought about by the development of labor as poesis in turn entails the transformation of labor necessarily performed because of human dependence on nature.

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