The division of labour was a central concern throughout Marx’s writings from the earliest to the latest writings. It has also been the focus of opposition and abuse because of Marx’s supposedly unrealistic, and allegedly utopian, views. Subtleties in Marx’s texts have been ignored, thus allowing interpreters to think that Marx foresaw the abolition of all division of labour, rather than seeing him as making trenchant criticisms of capitalist forms of division of labour with plausible judgements about future cooperation. As in many cases, it is claimed that Marx can be seen as practical and plausible, with positive ideas for the future.

Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
Department of Philosophy

Ware, R.X. (2019). Marx on the division of labour. In Marx on Emancipation and Socialist Goals (pp. 79–98). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-97716-4_5