Work, anthropology, and human determination in the thought of Schiller, Marx, and Marcuse
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 00:59 authored by Karl Nicholas Moll
This thesis will trace the evolution of the relationship between concepts of work activity and human nature within a particular strand of German social philosophy, represented by Friedrich Schiller, Karl Marx, and Herbert Marcuse. By analysing the writings of these three key theorists, the thesis explores the value of the concept of work activity, defined as the human being's socially mediated interaction with the natural world, as a social-theoretical resource. In recent years this concept has been underutilised to the detriment of critical social theory, particularly in light of the specific socio-political issues that have emerged in the late capitalist era. Through the analysis of Schiller, Marx, and Marcuse, a case is put forward for a renewal of critical social theory around such a conception of work. The guiding idea is that critical social theory stands in need of a philosophical anthropology which approaches the individual human subject as a unified and complete being, whose freedom may be conceived as activated, as well as circumscribed, by the human being’s activity towards nature.
Table of ContentsIntroduction -- Part I. Schiller. Chapter 1. Schiller's 'transcendental' anthropology and the concept of play -- Part II. Marx. Chapter 2. Marx's philosophical origins Chapter 3. Anthropology, work and alienation Chapter 4. Capitalism as human determination -- Part III. Marcuse. Chapter 5. Marcuse's 'phenomenological' historical materialism Chapter 6. Work in Reason and revolution and Eros and civilization Chapter 7. Technology, nature and the ' new sensibility' -- Conclusion.
NotesBibliography: pages 225-238 Theoretical thesis.
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreePhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Philosophy
Year of Award2015
Principal SupervisorNicholas H. (Nicholas Hugh) Smith
Additional Supervisor 1Jean-Philippe Deranty
RightsCopyright Karl Nicholas Moll 2014. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
Extent1 online resource (viii, 238 pages)
Former Identifiersmq:53817 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1137832
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