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we are most human and least like other animals when we produce freely, gratuitously , independent ofo any immediate material need. . Freedom for Marx is a kind of creative superabundance over what is materially essential, that which overflows the measure and becomes its own yard-stick....Continua
action oriented theory = emancipatory knowledge.
"Dialectical Materialism ... 1 : the Marxist theory that maintains the material basis of a reality constantly changing in a dialectical process and the priority of matter over mind."...Continua