Marx acknowledges the importance of the symbolic dimension in human activities. It is a veil that must be lified to enable scientific study. Critical theory is defined as the operation of deconstructing the world of appearances. It is shown that there is an evolution in the ideas and subjects that Marx investigates. Changes in his use of terminology are examined: firstly from the perspective of alienation, then via the concept of ideology, and finally with reference to commodity fetishism. Capital (1867) marks a break in the evolution of Marx's thought. Initially, Marx saw the logic of appearances within a market economy as a distorted reflection of the material world, but then came to the paradoxical view that the symbolic dimension was a constituent of economic activity.
Suchère, T. (2001), "Alienation, ideology and fetishism", Zarembka, P. (Ed.) Marx's Capital and Capitalism; Markets in a Socialist Alternative (Research in Political Economy, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 157-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0161-7230(01)19007-3Download as .RIS
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