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In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 47: The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society

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The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society
The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society
Josh Robinson
The Critique of Value

The critique of value, or Wertkritik, presents a radical and thoroughgoing critique of categories of bourgeois society and particularly of the extent to which both our actions and our thoughts are unavoidably saturated with these categories – categories which as real abstractions take on a socially objective character. This critique concentrates its critical force against the closely related tendency to treat as universal, timeless and natural givens what are in fact specifically capitalist concepts that not only develop as a result of (and thus bear the imprint of) a history of coercion and violence, but also silently ...

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