By Rahel Jaeggi, Frederick Neuhouser, Frederick Neuhouser, Alan E. Smith
The Hegelian-Marxist thought 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 sleek conceptions of company, 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 recognition of ossified social roles and expectations.
A revived method of alienation is helping severe social concept have interaction with phenomena equivalent to meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. through severing alienation's hyperlink to a difficult notion of human essence whereas keeping its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi presents assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected hindrance 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.
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The underlying thesis could be formulated as follows: only a world that I can make “my own”—only a world that I can identify with (by appropriating it)—is a world in which I can act in a self-determined manner. ) Understood in this way, the concept of alienation attempts to identify the conditions under which one can understand oneself as a subject, as the master of one’s own actions. This thesis has implications. One could even understand what distinguishes emancipatory from conservative diagnoses of alienation in the following way: the former focus on the expressive and creative power of individuals as acting beings, whereas the latter emphasize the loss of connection to a given meaningful order.
While the remark “you look sick” does not need to be followed by “and being sick is bad (for you),” the self-evident character of this connection rests on (shared) background assumptions: for example, a certain conception of health and sickness, as well as the idea that health is preferable to sickness. One might ask whether the concept of alienation does not depend in a similar way on ethical background assumptions—on a conception of what is destroyed or unachieved in the alienated condition, of what is absent but nevertheless desirable.
Thus alienation refers at once to both heteronomy—having one’s properties determined by an other—and the complete absence of essential properties or purposes; moreover, it seems to be one of the main points of the phenomenon described as alienation that in it these two problems—power’s being turned into impotence and the loss of meaningful involvement in the world—are intertwined. Now the connection between these two themes is not self-evident. Is it not possible to be immersed in a meaningful world without having power or control over what one does?