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Justin Holt

Justin Holt

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1997
Ph.D., Philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2007


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Justin Holt received his PhD in 2007 from the New School for Social Research's Philosophy Department. He currently teaches Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a division of New York University. He has published essays and book reviews on Hegel, Marx, Political Economy, and Distributive Ethics. He is also an editor for the journal Science & Society.

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Karl Marx's Philosophy of Nature, Action, and Society: A New Analysis, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

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This work analyzes Marx's philosophy of nature and shows how it is the basis for his practical philosophy. Previous analysis of Marx's philosophy of nature has considered humans as only natural beings and social beings. But Marx analyzed humans' relationship to the natural world and to themselves as natural, social, and material. This material feature of human action can server as a basis for social critique and as the foundation for a practical analysis. The first chapter of this book analyzes Marx's philosophy of nature from his early to late works and argues that humans are natural begins that use nature to develop new capacities. This consideration is central in Marx's critiques of Hegel and Feuerbach. The second chapter discusses Marx's material critique of social forms and discusses why the distinction between material action and social action is a key component of Marx critique of capitalism. This chapter also discusses industrial history, ideology, wages, justice, and valorization. The third and final chapter builds on Marx's materialist analysis to develop a standard of practical action that takes human's material activity as its basis. This chapter also discusses classical historical materialist claims, liberal ethical theories, and a practical philosophic consideration of socialism.