Karl Marx and Alienation - Government (300 Level Course)
For Karl Marx, the idea of alienation is not as important as it is fundamental for everything that he has to say. Marx understands alienation as the claim that a product of one’s labor is objectified and that the value in the product is in the form of labor used to produce it and not the value that the product gains. It is in this work environment that the term “alienated labor” is derived. Marx has a problem with capitalism in that it focuses on the value of the produced object and not the human qualities involved in producing the object.