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The Theory of Need in Marx

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What are needs? While the edifices of economic theory are built upon various mechanisms designed to satisfy “human needs,” not many economists have addressed the idea of need itself. Heller’s highly original work identifies this lacuna, recognizing the concept of needs as playing a “hidden but principal role in Marx’s economic categories.” Her writing lucidly exposes radical needs as bearing the seeds of revolutionary agency in alienated capitalist society, and reasserts our existence as sentient beings beyond the realm of the material, productive spheres.

Author: Heller Agnes
Publisher: VERSO
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781786636126
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2018

Born in Budapest in 1929, Agnes Heller is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. A student and colleague of Georg Lukacs during her years at the University of Budapest, Heller is highly acclaimed for her contributions to Marxist philosophy. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Sonning Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

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