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The Effaced Self in the Utopia of the Young Karl Marx
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2005 (English)In: European Journal of Political Theory, ISSN 1474-8851, Vol. IV, no 4, 393-412 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to present a reconstructive interpretation of the utopian self as portrayed in the writings of the young Marx. The main currents of interpretation claim that utopian society enhances individual liberty. However, the argument of this paper is that Marx’s utopia entails the opposite, namely, the dissolution of the self. If human alienation in relation to nature is to be overcome, then the difference between man and nature must simply be annihilated. Thus, the utopian self appropriates and masters nature completely and turns it into something that is identical to man himself. Likewise, the alienation inherent in human relations is eliminated through the disappearance of the differences between people. This means that individuality is annihilated in the utopian society; if the supersession of alienation means doing away with the difference between the self, the others, and nature, then it also means the end of human liberty.

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2005. Vol. IV, no 4, 393-412 p.
Keyword [en]
Marx, Hegel, alienation, utopia, nature, individuality
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) History of Ideas Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21557DiVA: diva2:49330
Available from: 2006-12-30 Created: 2006-12-30 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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