Human solidarity in Hegel and Marx

Chitty, Andrew (2018) Human solidarity in Hegel and Marx. In: Kandiyali, Jan (ed.) Reassessing Marx's social and political philosophy: freedom, recognition, and human flourishing. Routledge studies in nineteenth-century philosophy . Routledge, London, pp. 120-146. ISBN 9781138226203

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Karl Marx's account of the source of 'solidarity between humans' can be extended into an account of the source of 'human solidarity' much more easily than G. W.F. Hegel. For Hegel the source of human solidarity lies in the fact that humans are self-aware beings and that self-awareness has an inherently 'universal' character. The chapter describes the emergence of the view that humans are 'species-beings' in Marx's writings. It shows that how this view is closely related to Hegel's view of human beings as conscious subjects who are rationally driven to become universally self-conscious. In his 1842 writings Marx effectively adopts Hegel's idea that subjects actualize their freedom by establishing and participating in the institutions of right, culminating in the state. In the 1843 'Critique of Hegel's Doctrine of the State' Marx develops a slightly different, though characteristically Hegelian view of the relationship between the human essence and the properly constituted socio-political association.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Philosophy, Marx
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Social and Political Thought
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General) > B0790 Modern (1450/1660-) > B0808 Special topics and schools of philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
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Depositing User: Fiona Allan
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 14:49

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