ABSTRACT: A crucial element of Marx´s edifice is his fight for human emancipation. From the critical analysis of Hegel´s political philosophy to the Capital he considers the issue of emancipation and discovers circumstances, in which work and practice of human beings lead to Alienation of social relations.
The contradiction typical of capitalism becomes overstepped in the revolutionary practice of the proletariat that can fulfil its emancipatory mission breaking consciously through quasi-natural conditions of its social reproduction. Even the revolutionary movements that failed contributed to the “progress of the recognition of freedom” much more than traditional political institutions.
(translated by. Allan Smith)
in: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the sciences and the Humanities, Volume 60, pp. 355-368
(German edition: Wolfdietrich Schmied-Kowarzik: “Karl Marx als Philosoph der menschlichen Emanzipation” in: Gajo Petrovic/Wolfdietrich Schmied-Kowarzik (eds.), Die gegenwärtige Bedeutung des Marxschen Denkens. Marx-Symposion 1983 in Dubrovnik, Bochum, Germinal 1985)