Re: [xmca] Feurbach on ice

From: Martin Packer (
Date: Mon Feb 12 2007 - 18:26:48 PST

"The human being is in the most literal sense a 'zoon politigon,' not merely
a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the
midst of society. Production by an isolated individual outside society... is
as much an absurdity as is the development of language without individuals
living together and talking to each other" (Marx, Grundrisse, p. 83 [I

On 2/12/07 5:27 PM, "Mike Cole" <> wrote:

> Leif-- You are precisely correct. Last page of T&L, p. 285 in the 1987
> edition
> The word is what, in Feurbach's words-- is absolutely impossible for one
> person but possible for two. The word
> is the most direct manifestation of human consciousness.
> Consciousness is reflected in the word like the sun is reflected in a
> droplet of water. The word is a microcosm of
> consiousness, related to conscious like a living cell is related to an
> organism, like an atom is related to the cosmos.
> The meaninful word is a microcosm of human consciousness.
> I was reading this with my students two weeks ago but could not recover the
> context, until now. thanks to your
> (meaningful) words.
> mike
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