What is the significance of productive labour in Marxian society

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In Marx's view, productive labour is the primary, most vital human activity. In the production of objects man 'objectifies' himself; he expresses and externalizes his being. If the objects of man's creation come to control his being, then man loses himself in the object.

The act of production then results in man's alienation. This occurs when man regards the products of his labour as commodities, as articles for sale in the market place. The objects of his creation are then seen to control his existence. They are seen to be subject to impersonal forces, such as the law of supply and demand, over which man has little or no control.


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