For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life

by Adorno, Theodor (1991)

Key Passage

Long ago it was shown that wage-labor formed the modern masses, and indeed has produced the workers themselves. The individual [Individuum] is universal not merely as the biological substrate, but simultaneously as the form of reflection of the social process, and its consciousness of himself as something in-itself is the illusion needed to raise his level of performance, whereas in fact the individuated function in the modem economy as mere agents of the law of value. (p.228)


Wages, Social Class, Working Class, Individuality, Consciousness, Function, Value, Adorno


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Jephcott, E. F.



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