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Praxis, Nature, Labour
Praxis, Nature, Labour
Stefan Gandler

The study of praxis holds the key to a critical and dialectical interpretation of Marxist theory. Nevertheless, at best, the vast majority of Marxist writing considers ‘praxis’ as secondary. At worst, like the Orthodox or Reformist interpretations of Marx’s work, the (critical and dialectical) implications of Marx’s theory of praxis are not understood at all, leading to often quite sterile discussions that are characterised by abstract idealism and mechanic materialism, simple objectivism and simple subjectivism, and, finally, the artificial separation between production and consumption as seemingly distinct spheres of social reproduction. Similarly, Althusserian structuralism fails to come to terms with the concept of praxis. Although it proposes a concept of ‘theoretical practice’, it is ...

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