Value Form and Abstract Labour in Marx. A critical review of Alfred Sohn-Rethel’s notion of “real abstraction“

University of Chicago, May 14, 2021.

Marx defines the social homogenisation of individual production processes by introducing the term abstract labour. Labour has a dual nature – on the one hand it is concrete labour (labour which produces a concrete use value) and on the other is at the same time abstract labour, labour that is from the social viewpoint qualitatively identical.

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