Value in Capitalist Society: Rethinking Marx's Criticism of Capitalism

Paul Cobben

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Marx's analysis of the commodity results in his conception of Capital as substance in the form of alienation. While Hegel claims that substance can be understood as the realization of freedom, Marx shows this freedom to be alienated labor: abstract labor, which Marx identifies as the capitalist conception of value. The book clarifies why Marx's so-called materialist criticism of Hegel can be conceived of as an immanent criticism of Hegel: Marx's criticism explicates that the realization of freedom in the Philosophy of Right contradicts Hegel's basic point of departure. The adequate realization of freedom not only leads to an alternative (non-alienated) conception of value, but also explains why this conception of value is fully compatible with the free market.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden/Boston
Number of pages193
EditionCritical Studies of German Idealism
ISBN (Electronic)9789004294301
ISBN (Print)9789004294295
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2015

Publication series

NameCritical Studies in German Idealism
PublisherPaul G. Cobben


  • Karl Marx
  • Value
  • Capitalism


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