By Rahel Jaeggi
The Hegelian-Marxist suggestion of alienation fell out of style 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 glossy conceptions of enterprise, and up to date paintings within the analytical culture to reconceive alienation because the absence of a significant courting to oneself and others, which manifests in emotions of helplessness and the despondent attractiveness of ossified social roles and expectations.
A revived method of alienation is helping severe social concept have interaction with phenomena reminiscent of meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. by means of severing alienation’s hyperlink to a troublesome perception of human essence whereas protecting its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi offers assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected crisis 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 vital to ecu political and social idea, has receded in significance in fresh political philosophy. Like self-deception and weak point of will, this can be very proof against research although it is still an incredible subject of recent lifestyles and bills for the positive aspects of up to date lifestyles. Jaeggi’s nice accomplishment is to supply the outlines of a brand new thought of an previous time period and thereby convey its linkage to significant moral and political issues. With this e-book, a whole culture of political and social philosophy gets a brand new hire on life.” —Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University
“Through a compelling blend 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 means, 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 discovered in either the continental and analytic traditions. She does what's rather infrequent: she brings those traditions right into a hugely effective synthesis. a really awesome achievement.” —Daniel Brudney, collage of Chicago
“With this masterful reconstruction of the concept that of alienation, Jaeggi opens fruitful new avenues for severe idea. She additionally claims her position as a strong exponent of social philosophy and a philosopher of the 1st rank. Her e-book is a journey de strength of cogent argumentation and wealthy phenomenological description.” —Nancy Fraser, the recent School
“Alienation is likely one of the most enjoyable 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 might be hired within the carrier of latest philosophical insights.” —Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard collage
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Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory) by Rahel Jaeggi