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Labour power: In political philosophy, labor power is the capacity to work, or the ability to exert physical or mental effort. It is a commodity that is sold by workers to employers in exchange for wages. See also Labour, Markets, Society, Division of Labour.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Karl Marx on Labour Power - Dictionary of Arguments

Habermas IV 493
Labour/labour power/Marx/Habermas: On the one hand, labour power is captured as an abstract achievement for a work process that is formally organised from the point of view of exploitation. As an action it belongs to the lifeworld of the producer, as a listing to the functional context of the capitalist enterprise and the economic system as a whole.
Commodity/Marx/Offe: according to Marx, the labour power is not a commodity like any other: it is 'alive'.
, >Commodity.
1) It does not arise for the purpose of saleability.
2) It is inseparable from its owner,
3) It can only be set in motion by its owner.(1)
>Actions, >Subjects, >Markets.

1. C. Offe, Unregierbarkeit, in: J. Habermas. Stichworte zur geistigen Situation der Zeit, Frankfurt 1979, p. 315.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Marx I
Karl Marx
Das Kapital, Kritik der politische Ökonomie Berlin 1957

Ha I
J. Habermas
Der philosophische Diskurs der Moderne Frankfurt 1988

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. I Frankfurt/M. 1981

Jürgen Habermas
Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns Bd. II Frankfurt/M. 1981

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