The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Alienation

  • Jonathan Wolff
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95189-5_116

Abstract

The term ‘alienation’ is associated especially with the early writings of Karl Marx, for whom the core idea was that of human beings becoming detached from part of their ‘essence’. At one stage Marx hoped to demonstrate that all of the concepts of classical economics could be derived from the concept of alienation. As he matured, exploitation and surplus value replaced alienation at the heart of his analysis. Nevertheless, Marx’s observations regarding alienation remain insightful to this day.

Keywords

Alienation Capitalism Classical economics Communism Engels, F. Exploitation Feuerbach, L. Hegel, G. W. F. Historical materialism Marx, K. H. Smith, A. Surplus value 

JEL Classifications

B00 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Wolff
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