Alienation And Freedom / Edition 1

Alienation And Freedom / Edition 1

by Richard Schmitt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813328535

ISBN-13: 9780813328539

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Westview Press


Drawing from existentialism, feminism, the thought of Karl Marx and novelists like Dostoevsky, Richard Schmitt looks at modern capitalist societies to understand what it is that might be wrong for individuals. His concern focuses specifically on those who are alienated-- those persons who have difficulty finding meaning in their lives, who lack confidence in

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Drawing from existentialism, feminism, the thought of Karl Marx and novelists like Dostoevsky, Richard Schmitt looks at modern capitalist societies to understand what it is that might be wrong for individuals. His concern focuses specifically on those who are alienated-- those persons who have difficulty finding meaning in their lives, who lack confidence in themselves and trust in others and, finally, who are constantly distracted by consumer society. He explores how and why alienation occurs. From friendship, love, and work, Alienation and Freedom touches on issues meaningful to us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813328539
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Alienation and Freedom1
Alienation1
Freedom12
Some Serious Reservations14
Notes16
2The History of the Concept of Alienation17
Rousseau18
Kierkegaard23
Marx29
Nietzsche32
Is Alienation Real?37
Summary40
Notes40
3Alienation and the Human Condition41
Misunderstandings of Alienation41
Alienation and Its Precondition45
Alienation and Specific Life Tasks52
Recognition Is Central to Being Oneself68
Who's to Blame? Alienation and Luck75
What, Then, Is Alienation?76
Notes78
4The Social Roots of Alienation79
Emma Bovary: Life in the Market Society81
That Was Then92
Summary109
Notes111
5Alienation Limits Freedom113
Conceptions of Freedom115
External and Internal Constraints117
No Freedom for the Alienated120
Examples of Alienation120
A Serious Objection123
The Difficulty of Choosing One's Own Good125
Capitalism and Political Freedom130
Conclusion133
Notes134
References135
Recommended Reading141
Index143

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