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Labours of the Mind

Labour in the Culture of Production


Tadeusz Rachwal

The main concern of the book is the way in which such seemingly obvious notions as labour and production have contributed to the formation of human subject in European culture. What is offered to the reader is a reading, and a re-reading, of a number of conceptualisations of culture, of a number of such »labours of the mind» in which labour and production, either explicitly or implicitly, become principles in the evaluation of cultures as well as powerful tools for the ideological constitution and reconstruction of social space. What the book also addresses is the question of the ways culture is related to nature, and hence the question of the reality of culture which, inevitably, hinges on questioning the reality of reality itself.
Contents: Labour – Culture – Production – Alienation – Utopia – Nature.