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Book by Creighton University Philosophy Professor Offers New Look at Karl Marx

Book by Creighton University Philosophy Professor Offers New Look at Karl Marx

A new book by Amy Wendling, Ph.D., Creighton University assistant professor of Philosophy, offers a new interpretation of philosopher Karl Marx's concept of alienation. The book titled “Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation,” published by Palgrave Macmillan, will be available April 28.

According to Time magazine and other publications, the economic crisis has reignited an interest in the works of Karl Marx, who said that capitalism contained the seeds of its own destruction.

In today’s economy, according to Wendling, it is fair to ask whether what Karl Marx called false class consciousness has become the rule rather than the exception. Marx's theory of alienation is based upon his observation that, while offering the illusion of freedom, capitalism really causes workers to lose control of their lives, work, and selves.

Wendling, who grew up in the natural gas-exploration community of Houston, in the 1980s and now lives in ethanol-rich Nebraska said, “I am struck by how the capitalist use of technology in the production of commodities like natural gas and ethanol is unsustainable, self-defeating, and destructive, for those at the top of social class hierarchies as well as for those at the bottom.”

In her book, Wendling draws on lesser known archival materials, including Marx's notebooks on technology and on women’s lives, to offer a new interpretation of Marx's concept of alienation.

As one reviewer said, “Wendling's project is an important one, and it is developed very well, in very interesting ways, and it will attract anyone who is interested in Marx's philosophy, philosophy of technology, and/or the critique of capitalism.”