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Alienation And Freedom
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Alienated lives are incoherent and lack meaningmore profoundly so when questions about meaning are no longer taken seriously. Alienation is pervasive in our society where wealth, comfort, diversion, and fun are more important than lives that make sense. Alienation and Freedom develops the concept of alienation more concretely than other books on the subject by using not only philosophical but also literary texts as its guides. It documents how our social system fosters alienation and thereby limits our freedom. After a brief introductory chapter, Alienation and Freedom provides a concise summary of the history of the concept of alienation in order to provide preliminary insights into the concept of alienation and to raise some fundamental questions about it. The systematic account of alienation, in the chapter that follows, answers these questions.

The possibility of alienation flows f rom the ambiguous nature of human beings who, insofar as we are animals, are governed by accidents and by incomprehensible events that shape our lives, but who, insofar as we are thinking beings, ask questions (and try to answer them) about the coherence and meaning of our individual and collective existence. It is difficult to find meaning in such a life that is often opaque and propelled by unforeseen events. But some societies make it easier to find meaning in ones life; they equip individuals better to challenge the ambiguity of the human condition. The market society in which we live makes it extremely difficult to escape alienation. That is the burden of chapter four; chapter five, finally, demonstrates that a society that encourages alienation severely limits the freedoms of its members.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheorySocial & political philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processes Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 20/08/2002 ISBN-13: 9780813365886  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Richard Schmitt is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Brown University. He now teaches at Assumption, Becker and Worcester State Colleges as an adjunct. Born in Germany, of Jewish parentage, he arrive in the U.S. in 1946. Best known for his introductory texts to Heidegger and to Marx and Engels, he has written widely about Existentialism and Political Philosophy. Alienationa topic at the intersection of Existentialism and Political Philosophyhas been a lifelong concern of his.

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