Explain what Marx means by the alienation / estrangement of labor? His paradigm for alienated labor is factory work; do you think his theory applies to other forms of work that are more common in postindustrial societies, e.g. Various forms of office work?
• Your audience is an educated friend who hasn’t read philosophy, but who asks all the questions listed below. This is the kind of friend who will want you to explain in your own words.
• Your audience should be able to answer the following questions after reading your short paper:
1-What’s Marx’s ideal conception of work?
2-How does factory work differ from his idealized conception of work? (Here you will discuss how
the factory worker sells their labor (and not the product of their labor), the simple, repetitive nature of their labor, the lack of initiative and control, etc.)
3-Does his analysis applies to other forms of work we find in post-industrial societies? Here you can discuss a particular example