For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Hegel. Three Studies

by Adorno, Theodor (1993)

Key Passage

Hegel cannot afford to express the separation of mental and manual labor, and he does not read spirit as an isolated aspect of labor but instead, conversely, dissolves labor into a moment of spirit; one might say he takes the rhetorical figure pars pro toto as his maxim. Detached from what is not identical with it, labor becomes ideology. Those who have at their  disposal the labor of others ascribe to it inherent value, consider it absolute and primary, precisely because labor is only labor for others. The metaphysics of labor and the appropriation of the labor of others are complementary. (p.24)


Hegel, Adorno, Manual Labour, Mental Labour, Intellectual Labour, Social Labour, Subjectivity, Reproduction, Social Reproduction


Adorno Citations

Links to Reference


Weber Nicholsen, S.



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