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from Patterns of Refactored Agency
  • Another example: The Marxist theory of class consciousness is an attempt to both describe and encourage the formation of a collective agency (a clumping) that cuts across the normal hierarchical control lines of society.
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17 Jan 2021 08:18 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • A paragon of conflict theory. And of group agency as well – a lot of Marxism is about the agency of classes, although not quite explicitly. I'm on shaky ground, but my understanding is that that is what is meant by [class consciousness]
      • While German theorist Karl Marx rarely used the term "class consciousness", he did make the distinction between "class in itself", which is defined as a category of people having a common relation to the means of production; and a "class for itself", which is defined as a stratum organized in active pursuit of its own interests.
    • actually has a lot to say about purposive action:
    • Should maybe say somewhere that I view Marxist theory about on the same level as Catholic theology: that is, as an obviously wrong theory of the universe that nevertheless has a sophisticated conceptual toolkit that might have its uses, and is in any case kind of fascinating intellectually. And in both cases, the true believers are quite formidable in their own ways.
    • The psychic value of a human consists in being able to conceive (think) of the ends of their actions as purposeful ideas, which are distinct from the actions required to realize a given idea. That is, humans are able to objectify their intentions by means of an idea of themselves as "the subject" and an idea of the thing that they produce, "the object".
    • The theoretical basis of alienation within the capitalist mode of production is that the worker invariably loses the ability to determine life and destiny when deprived of the right to think (conceive) of themselves as the director of their own actions;