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Michel Henry’s Reflections on Marxian Philosophy

(Original title: Michel Henry: Reflexie o Marxovej filozofii)
Filozofia, 65 (2010), 9, 833-844.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

The paper deals with M. Henry’s interpretation of Marxian philosophy in the frame of his phenomenology of life. Its aim is to show the relevance of Henry’s interpretation for the global crisis of capitalism in our times. Henry argues that economic questions in Marx’s Capital, first of all his theory of surplus value, is closely connected with the historical issues in his German ideology. Attention is also paid to Marx’s thesis about the science becoming a direct production force. In the era of automatization, when most of common work is reliably done by the highly developed technological devices, such as artificial intelligence, Marx’s idea of a free development of every individual as a condition of a free development of all is not a utopian one any more. It becomes a normative claim concerning economic and political reality. Thus Marx’s idea of a classless society could be interpreted as a system of global justice, in which the extreme global inequality has been overcome.


Phenomenology of life, Living individuals, Theory of surplus value, Communitarian socialism, System of global justice

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