[OPE-L:4921] RE: 179 Years Ago

Michael_A._Lebowitz (mlebowit@sfu.ca)
Mon, 5 May 1997 15:27:18 -0700 (PDT)

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In message Mon, 5 May 1997 10:07:51 -0700 (PDT),
Gerald Levy <glevy@pratt.edu> writes:

> Birthday questions:
> ===================
> (1) If Marx rejected "humanism" as Althusser suggested, why did he in the
> 1860's write that his favorite maxim was:
> "Nihil humanum a me alienum puto"
> ["Nothing human is alien to me"] ?

To provoke his daughters into a critique of humanism? 8^)
Seriously, what is the original source for this maxim? Feuerbach (in his
Principles of the Philosophy of the Future [1843]) wrote:

Only he who *excludes from himself nothing that is essentially human*
is, strictly speaking, man. *Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto*--
this sentence, taken in its *universal* and *highest meaning* is the *motto*
of the *new philosophy*.

> b) In what ways, if any, was Marx's sexism reflected in both what he
> included in _Capital_ and what he omitted?
> c) why haven't we discussed issues related to gender and feminism on
> this list yet?

Book III (Wage-Labour), Jerry. 8^)

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