Critique of Economic Reason (Radical Thinkers) [Andre Gorz] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. André Gorz’s earlier books—from Ecology. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data. Gorz, Andre. Critique of economic reason,. L Work & leisure. Social aspects. I. Title II. Metamorphoses du travail. Critique of Economic Reason: Summary for. Trade Unionists and Other Left Activists. Andre Gorz. Chapter 3 in Labour Worldwide: Alternative Union Models in.

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The shortening of the working-day is its basic prerequisite.

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They can be adjusted to the demands of economif economy by making them work harder at less cost. Marx already tells you that, and I fail to see how the additional views of a varied bunch of philosophers and thinkers adds to the substance of the arguments, especially seeing as the self-professed phenomenologist Gorz partly relies on thought-structures that in Marxist parlance could only be described as idealist.

Therefore, for the remaining 3 days, other technicians can take his job. Maybe we can just say there is a crisis of interpretation here and perhaps both readings are right with regard to a particular strand of Marxism since Marx.

Or Kelly rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Jul 31, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: Dagerman rated it really liked it Jan 31, In Critique of Economic Reasonhe offers his fullest account to date of the terminal crisis of a system where every activity and aspiration has been subjected to the rule of the market.

The fact is that when people are asked if they would like to have more time or money of their own other things being equal they choose time. Thus, humans will never be satisfied in modern politics.

Critique of Economic Reason

Unlimited capital accumulation harms others, as the historical memory of pre-Gorzian capitalism would amply indicate. Be the first to ask a question about Critique of Economic Reason.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yet this is not an automatically triumphant dialectic — human beings must choose the goal of autonomous free time and fight to implement it. Thus, instead of having the profit concentrated in the hands of the elite few, it should be more evenly distributed among the workforce for the quality of their work, instead of the quantity of time they put into it.

Turning away from the hoe without either replacing it with a different tool in a different sector of work or forgoing tools altogether and living in paleolithic conditions are only possible if the worker leaves the social system completely. I’m mostly indifferent towards the first half of the book, where Gorz in an exercise of immanent critique demonstrates why work hour reduction is necessary. This type of rationality emerged alongside the birth of large-scale capitalism during the Industrial Revolution.


This also speaks to the issue that bothers burritoboy, about the apparent need to eliminate accumulation as a psychological desire if anti-capitalist politics is to succeed. As a result, workers are regarded as instruments to achieve that goal.

Another rock-solid chapter is that on women and the role of the family within the labour force; within it, he develops a strong argument for why ‘housewife’ should not become a state-subsidized occupation as this would amount to paying women to stay indoors – the solution would rather be to, again, lower the hours of waged work without reducing wages so as to free up family time for both partners.

And these desires are theorized as base ones — desires for possessions, sex, fame and so on. And as I say in my previous comment, people would have a historical memory of what happens when you let the accumulators take over — something that was not available the first time they actually did. Freedom in this field can only consist in socialised man, the associated producers, rationally regulating their interchange with Nature, bringing it under their common control, instead of being ruled by it as by the blind forces of Nature; and achieving this with the least expenditure of energy and under conditions most favourable to, and worthy of, their human nature.

Published October 27th by Verso first published He has a variety of more detailed proposals for how this might work in practice, for instance, how to make it possible for people to have flexible, self-chosen schedules on a very long time-frame not just working 20 hours every week, but possibly working only six months out of every year or taking even longer breaks.

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Although this is made most explicit in the quote I gave from KIII, I do not think this quote is an outlier or a late revision. We have so little time for ourselves. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Life has become work-centric due to the demands of the economic rationality. His central theme was wage labour issues such as liberation from work, just distribution of work, social alienation, and Guaranteed basic income What this means is that, in the archetypal demand-supply model, that the demand curve never ends. Glean from it the snippets critically analysing liberal co-optation of socialist efforts but keep his own professed socialism at a distance.


Ce livre est magnifique. Cohen 12 March The reason capitalism can lead to something like communism is precisely because it so greatly increases productivity and decreases necessary labor — it is the manner in which these benefits are inequitably distributed that is the problem. For instance, his assertion that ‘autonomy’ as part of the new and improved autonomy-heteronomy axis complementing Marx’ freedom-necessity-axis in working life can never be achieved if dependent on machinery due to the fact that machines are governed by their own laws-for-themself and thus ‘heteronomously’ turn workers into extension of the machine-process seems to me to be the type of techno-fetishistic confusion Marcuse too falls prey to: Lists with This Book.

There are no critqiue topics on this book yet. In other words, making his life more meaningful.

A similar strategy can be seen in Christianity, where the whole thing is supposed to be this massive mistake — and while that is a defensible view, it seems to me to entail the claim that Jesus and Paul were utter failures.

To ask other readers questions about Critique of Economic Reasonplease sign up. Also a journalist, he co-founded Le Nouvel Observateur weekly in The hoe or for that matter the sickle may ‘phenomenologically’ appear as a much more neutral non-heteronomous tool than the furnace, but they likewise impose limits and requirements as to what can be achieved with them and what needs to be done to utilize them.

As technology and automation advance work no longer offers either fulfilment or indeed full time work for us all. This book was written economid the late eighties and Gorz correctly took measure of horizons of that day, and in the book he describes exactly what has happened in the ensuing 30 years. So in there own way, though opposed to capitalist technology, they are still productivist in a different way, despite their explicit claims to the contrary.

Benjamin rated it it was amazing Dec 05, He wrote critical analyses of the existing social structure, which while occasionally laced with hints at positive proposals, certainly do not amount to something one can straightforwardly implement.