By Rahel Jaeggi,Frederick Neuhouser,Alan E. Smith

The Hegelian-Marxist thought of alienation fell out of fashion in the course of the post-metaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist perspectives of human nature. during this booklet Jaeggi attracts on phenomenological analyses grounded in glossy conceptions of enterprise, besides contemporary paintings within the analytical culture, to reconceive of alienation because the absence of a significant dating to oneself and others, which manifests itself in emotions of helplessness and the despondent popularity of ossified social roles and expectations.

A revived method of alienation is helping severe social conception have interaction with phenomena, reminiscent of meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference, that have large implications for problems with justice. via severing alienation's hyperlink to a complex belief of human essence whereas maintaining its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi presents assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected situation 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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