The Importance of Others: Marx on Unalienated Production*

Kandiyali J.

ETHICS, vol.130, no.4, pp.555-587, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 130 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1086/708536
  • Title of Journal : ETHICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.555-587


Marx's vision of unalienated production is often thought to be subject to decisive objections. This article argues that these objections rely on a misinterpretation of Marx's position. It provides a new interpretation of Marx's vision of unalienated production. Unlike another well-known account, it suggests that unalienated production involves realizing oneself through providing others with the goods and services they need for their self-realization. It argues that this view is appealing and that it offers a more successful response to objections than previous interpretations. In doing so, it hopes to put Marx's concern with alienation and nonalienation back on the table.