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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A Guide to our Radical Thinkers! They can be adjusted to the demands of the economy by making them work harder at less cost. Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation? Yet this is not an automatically triumphant dialectic — human beings must choose the goal of autonomous free time and fight to implement it.

That is to say, if we remain on auto-pilot, either out of despair or out of a misplaced faith in historical determinism, we will wind up with the same outcome human history has generally had. 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: I have no memory of the content of this and no idea why I read it.

Critique of Economic Reason by André Gorz

reaaon These three assertions do militate heavily against all utilitarianisms, which include all modern economics including Marxist and non-Marxist. But still a shorter work week is a decent, workable and probably achievable goal. Having said that, Gorz’ ecclectic writings did produce theoretical value that can operate outside the book’s framework.

But it nonetheless still remains a realm of necessity. By carefully delineating the existential and cultural limits of economic rationality, he emphasizes the urgent need to create a society which rejects the work ethic in favor of an emancipatory dritique of free time.


Gorz’s programme is to tackle this by sharing work and skills more equitably, and prevent the creation of an aristocracy of labour dividing society between those who have work and those who don’t.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Criique delineation of the specific non-economic nature of certain occupations such as doctors, therapists and prostitutes is likewise interesting with regards to the practical implementation of socialist policies. Rachel rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Benjamin rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Second, the very nature of our present very complex mode of production means that even in the best case, economically productive work in the strict sense cannot provide the kind of holistic meaningfulness that Marx called for.

With his development this realm of physical necessity expands as a result of his wants; but, at the same time, the forces of production which satisfy these wants also increase. Alex rated it it was amazing May 28, gozr His central theme was wage labour issues such as liberation from work, just distribution of work, social alienation, and Guaranteed basic income Want to Read saving…. I must say that even though it works for us, our employees remain sceptical that it could on a larger scale.

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It is a rationality which demands that profit seeking is its ultimate goal at whatever means possible. Miri Davidson 21 May 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. He presents goorz practical strategy for reducing the working week, and develops a radical version of a guaranteed wage for all.

Unsurprisingly therefore he is heavily referenced in books such as Paul Mason’s “Postcapitalism”. Tolga Ulusoy rated it it was amazing Aug 14, It may not seem to be a realistic proposal in terms of being politically achievable, but it is neither utopian nor arbitrary.

Beyond it begins that development of human energy which is an end in itself, the true realm of freedom, which, however, can blossom forth only with this realm of necessity as its basis. Strategically speaking and taken on its own terms, Critique of Economic Reason props up the left wing of fascism and should be severely criticized from a principled pf viewpoint.


Perhaps this a field for further discussion in other works. To ask other readers questions about Critique of Economic Reasonplease sign up. In the s and s, he was a main theorist in the New Left movement. 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.

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Refresh and try again. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. At first, there was resistance from our parish manager since we have always operated under the business idea that time is money, but, with no loss of competency, we now have a 32 hour working work and an extra vacation day every month.

As prices decline, demand increases infinitely.

Elton Kelly rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Cohen 12 March His critiqe logically follows his rather prescient economlc of economic history, and a case can be made that our average working hours have been decreasing, but his utopia is based on ever-rising productivity, and since it has actually been mostly falling since the earlyish nineties, his ideal is not as convincing. Once production becomes a subordinate aspect of life rather than its driving force, this would presumably break the cycle and Gorz has concrete examples of where this has happened on a small scale.

Above all, he argues that a utopian vision is now the only realistic proposal, and that “economic reason must be returned to its true—that is subordinate—place. What this means is that, in the archetypal demand-supply model, gor the demand curve never ends. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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