Monday, July 11, 2011

Capital's Will

It occured to me the other day that Schopenhauer's concept of the Will has a great similarity to Marx's depiction of capital as almost a living  force.  Marx uses the word very much like Schopenhauer, as almost like the blind desire to self-perpetuation found in nature.

Of course taken too far this would imply that Marx was, instead of a sunny optimist certain of capitalism's downfall, in reality a Schopenhauerian pessimist.  Certainly since Marx's time the feeling that capital is inescapable, as it infuses its self throughout every aspect of our lives, is even more true now than it was then.

I found only one conversation in regard to it online, but it is certainly a relationship that bears closer analysis.

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