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Chapter 17: Alfred Sohn-Rethel: Real Abstraction and the Unity of Commodity-Form and Thought Form
Alfred Sohn-Rethel: Real Abstraction and the Unity of Commodity-Form and Thought Form
‘In exchange the action is social, the mind is private’.1
Alfred Sohn-Rethel (January 4 1899, Neuilly sur Seine, France – April 6 1990, Bremen, Germany) was a trained economist, but he is known first and foremost as a Marxist philosopher. He lived in the UK for more than three decades and published in both English and German. He earned his PhD under the supervision of the Austromarxist economist Emil Lederer in 1928 at Heidelberg. During this time, he was also introduced to the early sociology of knowledge by Karl Mannheim. After his ...