Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory)

Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory)

By: Rahel Jaeggi (author), Frederick Neuhouser (translator), Alan E. Smith (translator), Frederick Neuhouser (editor)Hardback

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The Hegelian-Marxist idea of alienation fell out of favor after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist views of human nature. In this book Rahel Jaeggi draws on the Hegelian philosophical tradition, phenomenological analyses grounded in modern conceptions of agency, and recent work in the analytical tradition to reconceive alienation as the absence of a meaningful relationship to oneself and others, which manifests in feelings of helplessness and the despondent acceptance of ossified social roles and expectations. A revived approach to alienation helps critical social theory engage with phenomena such as meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. By severing alienation's link to a problematic conception of human essence while retaining its social-philosophical content, Jaeggi provides resources for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected concern in contemporary liberal political philosophy. Her work revisits the arguments of Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, placing them in dialogue with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.

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Rahel Jaeggi is professor of social and political philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her research focuses on ethics, social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophical anthropology, social ontology, and critical theory.


Foreword, by Axel HonnethTranslator's Introduction, by Frederick NeuhouserPreface and AcknowledgmentsPart 1. The Relation of Relationlessness: Reconstructing a Concept of Social Philosophy1. "A Stranger in the World That He Himself Has Made": The Concept and Phenomenon of Alienation2. Marx and Heidegger: Two Versions of Alienation Critique3. The Structure and Problems of Alienation Critique4. Having Oneself at One's Command: Reconstructing the Concept of AlienationPart 2. Living One's Life as an Alien Life: Four Cases5. Seinesgleichen Geschieht or "The Like of It Now Happens": The Feeling of Powerlessness and the Independent Existence of One's Own Actions6. "A Pale, Incomplete, Strange, Artificial Man": Social Roles and the Loss of Authenticity7. "She but Not Herself": Self-Alienation as Internal Division8. "As If Through a Wall of Glass": Indifference and Self-AlienationPart 3. Alienation as a Disturbed Appropriation of Self and World9. "Like a Structure of Cotton Candy": Being Oneself as Self-Appropriation10. "Living One's Own Life": Self-Determination, Self-Realization, and AuthenticityConclusion: The Sociality of the Self, the Sociality of FreedomNotesWorks CitedIndex

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  • publication date: 12/09/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780231151986
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780231151986
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0231151985
  • translations: German

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