Alienation And Freedom

Alienation And Freedom

by Richard Schmitt
     
 

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…  See more details below

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.

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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

Preface
1Alienation and Freedom1
2The History of the Concept of Alienation17
3Alienation and the Human Condition41
4The Social Roots of Alienation79
5Alienation Limits Freedom113
References135
Recommended Reading141
Index143

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