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Phenomenology of labour, ontology of life and radical criticism of capitalism. Reflections about the status of the interpretation of Marx by Michel Henry


  • Richard Sobel

    () (Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille)


The aim of this article is to show the full critical power of the subjective philosophy of living- labour which Michel Henry develops out of Marx. The radicality of such an economic philosophy was only underlined very little by the contemporary thought Marxist which, one knows it, does not give to the interpretation of Michel Henry the major importance which should be his. For all that, his notion of alive individuals, so taked out from their objective conditions of existence, leads Michel Henry to deform the anthropology of Marx and to weaken the political dimension.

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  • Richard Sobel, 2009. "Phenomenology of labour, ontology of life and radical criticism of capitalism. Reflections about the status of the interpretation of Marx by Michel Henry," Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, L'Harmattan, issue 56, pages 7-40, January -.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2009:i:56:p:7-40

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    • B14 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Socialist; Marxist
    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary


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