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Debates on the centrality of work

Eros and Civilisation

by Marcuse (1955)

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the prevalent instinctual repression resulted, not so much from the necessity of labor, but from the specific social organization of labor imposed by the interest in domination - that repression was largely surplus-repression . Consequently, the elimination of surplus-repression would per se tend to eliminate, not labor, but the organization of the human existence into an instrument of labor. If this is true, the emergence of a non-repressive reality principle would alter rather than destroy the social organization of labor : the liberation of Eros could create new and durable work relations. (p.155)


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