By Sean Sayers
The strategies of alienation and its overcoming are valuable to Marx's concept. They underpin his critique of capitalism and his imaginative and prescient of destiny society. Marx's rules are defined in rigorous and transparent phrases. they're located within the context of the Hegelian rules that encouraged them and positioned into discussion with modern debates.
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The labour process ceases to involve the direct transformation of the object by the worker. The craft element is almost entirely removed from the work activity itself. In the production process, machines act on their own, nature acts upon itself. Human purposes are realised through the use of science and technology and the application of knowledge. The craft model of production becomes less and less appropriate. However, that is not to say that the notion of labour as a form-giving activity is rendered inapplicable.
Human beings can also act in this way, in which case they are not acting freely. The person … caught up in the individual, restricted and nugatory interests of his desire, is neither free in himself, since he is not determined by the essential universality and rationality of his will, nor free in respect of the external world, for desire remains essentially determined by external things and related to them. (Hegel, 1975, 36) In working on the object rather than immediately consuming it, gratiﬁcation of desire is postponed, the object is preserved.
As far as the inorganic realm is concerned, I do not always give it form directly. … Even the fact that I conserve game may be regarded as a way of imparting form, for it is a mode of conduct calculated to preserve the object in question. The training of animals is, of course, a more direct way of giving them form, and I play a greater role in this process. (Hegel, 1991, §56A, 86) Hegel here treats all these different sorts of work as form-giving activities in the sense that they are all ways of imparting form to matter.