Alienation And Freedom

Alienation And Freedom

by Richard Schmitt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813365880

ISBN-13: 9780813365886

Pub. Date: 08/20/2002

Publisher: Westview Press

Alienated lives are incoherent and lack meaning-more 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

Overview

Alienated lives are incoherent and lack meaning-more 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.

Author Biography: 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 arrived 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. Alienation-a topic at the intersection of Existentialism and Political Philosophy-has been a lifelong concern of his.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813365886
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/20/2002
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(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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