Labour and work. Levinas, Arendt and Marxism
The article explores the relationship between labour and work in Levinas, taking into consideration Arendt’s understanding of action as well as the Marxist conception of labour. The sections dealing with the concept of work in Levinas’ Totality and Infinity offer a roughly reproduction of the Marxist dichotomy creation/self-creation: on one hand there is the claim to the unity of labour and expression; on the other hand there is an alienated labour with this unity broken. Here the works are commodities and workers dishonoured and, what is more, exploited. Thus the reader is left with following questions: What is the true reason of breaking this fundamental bond of a person with herself/himself? How precisely this break is accomplished?
Filosofický ústav Akademie věd ČR, Fakulta Humanitních studií UK v Praze, Czech Republic
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