By Rahel Jaeggi
The Hegelian-Marxist notion of alienation fell out of fashion after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist perspectives of human nature. during this ebook Rahel Jaeggi attracts at the Hegelian philosophical culture, phenomenological analyses grounded in smooth conceptions of organization, and up to date paintings within the analytical culture to reconceive alienation because the absence of a significant dating to oneself and others, which manifests in emotions of helplessness and the despondent recognition of ossified social roles and expectations.
A revived method of alienation is helping serious social conception interact with phenomena corresponding to meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. by means of severing alienation’s hyperlink to a complicated notion of human essence whereas keeping its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi presents assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected difficulty in modern liberal political philosophy. Her paintings revisits the arguments of Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, putting them in discussion with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.
“Alienation, the concept that Hegel and Marx made so significant to ecu political and social concept, has receded in value in contemporary political philosophy. Like self-deception and weak spot of will, this can be very immune to research although it is still an immense subject matter of contemporary lifestyles and money owed for the positive factors of up to date existence. Jaeggi’s nice accomplishment is to supply the outlines of a brand new thought of an previous time period and thereby exhibit its linkage to significant moral and political issues. With this e-book, a whole culture of political and social philosophy gets a brand new rent on life.” —Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University
“Through a compelling mix of acute research and wealthy phenomenological description, Rahel Jaeggi brings alienation again to the guts of political philosophy. She argues alienation matters a failure to suitable oneself within the correct method, an issue with how one involves be what one is, instead of an lack of ability to gain a few pregiven id. Jaeggi is not just completely realized in either the continental and analytic traditions. She does what's particularly infrequent: she brings those traditions right into a hugely efficient synthesis. a truly extraordinary achievement.” —Daniel Brudney, college of Chicago
“With this masterful reconstruction of the concept that of alienation, Jaeggi opens fruitful new avenues for severe conception. She additionally claims her position as a strong exponent of social philosophy and a philosopher of the 1st rank. Her publication is a journey de strength of cogent argumentation and wealthy phenomenological description.” —Nancy Fraser, the hot School
“Alienation is likely one of the most fun books to have seemed at the German philosophical scene within the final decade. It not just rejuvenates a lagging discourse relating to alienation; it additionally exhibits how an account of subjectivity elaborated centuries in the past will be hired within the provider of latest philosophical insights.” —Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard collage
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Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory) by Rahel Jaeggi