Marx views human beings as creatures that have potential and ability (we are. Notes taken from his words, not the slides (slides are on courselink) Philosophical language is objectified our thoughts can become products. Human essence essential ability conscious production labour energies. Human power/potential shows itself in productivity, our energy to. Human nature (essence) is self-conscious, rational, imaginative and creative. Marx believes it is important to transcend our nature. He believes work under capitalism is alienating in the sense that it destroys consciously produce (culture, music etc. ) are able to produce an object (music pieces, art etc. ) all of us. Interested in humans in a socialist state accessing their human potential. Conditions of alienation: no freedom, long hours, no creativity. Labour power: sell your labour for a particular wage (prostitute their essence for a minimum wage) Humans are at the service of the machines, the work process controls their. Service jobs can be extremely unfulfilling, like a prison.