What does money do, to a person?

There is the idea of commodity fetishism, but I guess this is more to do with the economy than e.g. individual bourgeoisie.

Can anyone offer a brief overview of competing philosophical thinking on this topic?

  • Money is used to convince others to do what you want them to do. Nov 24 '18 at 20:29
  • it's not off topic ffs
    – user35983
    Nov 25 '18 at 16:28
  • are you seriously saying no pjhilosopher has ever asked this?
    – user35983
    Nov 25 '18 at 16:28

Commodity fetishism mystifies the real relations amongst people. This holds as true for the bourgeois as it does for the proletarian. While some mystification will be mistaking millions of suffering workers for a share portfolio, others will be more pertinent. Objects will stand in for emotional relations. For example, a dishwasher and servant will replace collective household reproductive activity, changing or stripping interpersonal interactions amongst a family. For example, instead of modifying his sexual relations a man will buy a car. For example, instead of inspecting her character and pleasure a woman will purchase a dream home.

It goes further, the very relationships of proletarian and bourgeois enslave real people into the position of being or managing social property. Hate your job and life? It may be that the commodity relationship is the intervening cause.

The problem with this is that it posits a “species-being,” an inhering human nature. (Cf: Althusser.). While a “scientific” “mature Marx” might overcome this, there’s no prediction regarding “happiness” available from such a position. Only the social distribution of power.

This answer only applies to money in value-form societies.

  • Commodification actually de-mystifies the real relations between individuals/groups. Feel free to edit your answer. Nov 25 '18 at 17:41
  • The object stands between the social relationship and mystifies the embodied past labour. Nov 25 '18 at 23:55
  • Commodification actually communicates past labor and creates an objective measure of a social relationship. Feel free to edit your answer. Nov 26 '18 at 12:10
  • Wage slaves ain't commodities. Feel free to reread volume 1. Nov 26 '18 at 13:14
  • Individuals are free to buy/sell laborhours. That doesn't mean individuals are commodified, just that their inputs/outputs are. For an example of a commodified individual, google "publicly traded person." Again, please edit your answer with the appropriate corrections. Nov 26 '18 at 15:12