'Nature': The nature of alienation
LE3 .A278 2014
Bachelor of Arts
The concept of ‘nature’ in Marx has received numerous different interpretations, many of which present polarizing accounts ranging from anti-ecological sentiments to ecologically conscious narratives. However, such polarizing accounts fail to adequately acknowledge the importance of alienation in relation to the concept of ‘nature.’ Ultimately, alienation contains the potentiality for an alternative narrative than that of ‘domination’ or ‘mastery’ over nature. In order to examine the concept of alienation in relation to the development of ‘nature’ three specific works of Marx will be examined. First, the 1844 Manuscripts, then Grundrisse, and finally Capital. In addition, contemporary questions and debates surrounding environmentalism will be examined in relation to the analysis of Marx’s work.
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