Friday, June 18, 2010

Marx and Philosophy Review of Books on Todd S. Mei's Heidegger, Work and Being.
Given his Heideggerian sympathies, Mei’s return to Aristotle’s categories to develop such a reinterpretation should not be too surprising. But the interesting – and problematic – thesis developed by Mei is that Aristotle provides us with a conceptual understanding of the process of work in which its form (eidos) ‘is tied to and not broken from the divine’ (56). The target here, once more, is Marx and, more specifically, the way in which Marx emphasizes the importance of praxis to the detriment of theoria. What Mei takes from Aristotle is that work should be understood as poiesis, as creative acts of transformation that perpetuate the world.
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