New PDF release: Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory)

By Rahel Jaeggi

ISBN-10: 023153759X

ISBN-13: 9780231537599

The Hegelian-Marxist concept of alienation fell out of fashion after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist perspectives of human nature. during this e-book Rahel Jaeggi attracts at the Hegelian philosophical culture, phenomenological analyses grounded in sleek conceptions of company, and up to date paintings within the analytical culture to reconceive alienation because the absence of a significant dating to oneself and others, which manifests in emotions of helplessness and the despondent recognition of ossified social roles and expectations.

A revived method of alienation is helping severe social thought have interaction with phenomena similar to meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. through severing alienation’s hyperlink to a tricky belief of human essence whereas preserving its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi offers assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected obstacle 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.

“Alienation, the concept that Hegel and Marx made so critical to eu political and social inspiration, has receded in significance in fresh political philosophy. Like self-deception and weak point of will, this can be very immune to research although it is still a massive subject matter of contemporary existence and debts for the beneficial properties of latest lifestyles. Jaeggi’s nice accomplishment is to supply the outlines of a brand new idea of an outdated time period and thereby exhibit its linkage to significant moral and political matters. With this booklet, a complete culture of political and social philosophy gets a brand new hire on life.” —Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University

“Through a compelling blend of acute research and wealthy phenomenological description, Rahel Jaeggi brings alienation again to the heart of political philosophy. She argues alienation issues a failure to suitable oneself within the correct manner, an issue with how one involves be what one is, instead of an lack of ability to achieve a few pregiven identification. Jaeggi isn't just completely discovered in either the continental and analytic traditions. She does what's rather infrequent: she brings those traditions right into a hugely effective synthesis. a really remarkable achievement.” —Daniel Brudney, college of Chicago

“With this masterful reconstruction of the idea that of alienation, Jaeggi opens fruitful new avenues for severe idea. She additionally claims her position as a robust exponent of social philosophy and a philosopher of the 1st rank. Her ebook is a journey de strength of cogent argumentation and wealthy phenomenological description.” —Nancy Fraser, the recent School

Alienation is without doubt one of the most fun books to have seemed at the German philosophical scene within the final decade. It not just rejuvenates a lagging discourse relating to alienation; it additionally exhibits how an account of subjectivity elaborated centuries in the past should be hired within the provider of latest philosophical insights.” —Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard collage

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In other and more serene times the political is less ubiquitous. Aquinas could write that “man is not formed for political fellowship in his entirety, or in all that he has . ”2 What I should like to insist upon, however, is that the field of politics is and has been, in a significant and radical sense, a created one. The designation of certain activities and arrangements as political, the characteristic way that we think about them, and the concepts we employ to communicate our observations and reactions—none of these are written into the nature of things but are the legacy accruing from the historical activity of political philosophers.

This more comprehensive vision was provided by thinking about the political society in its corrected fullness, not as it is but as it might be. Precisely because political theory pictured society in an exaggerated, “unreal” way, it was a necessary complement to action. Precisely because action involved intervention into existing affairs, it sorely needed a perspective of tantalizing possibilities. 17 When the early scientific theorists described with poetic overtones the harmony of the spheres, their vision lacked the essential element present in political philosophy: the ideal of an order subject to human control and one that could be transfigured through a combination of thought and action.

In other words, the concept of membership permitted Bodin to draw out the implications and interconnections between certain practices or institutions that were not selfevident on the basis of the facts themselves. When such concepts become more or less stable in their meaning, they serve as pointers that “cue” us to look for certain things or to keep certain considerations in mind when we try to understand a political situation or make a judgment about it. In this way, the concepts and categories that make up our political understanding help us to draw connections between political phenomena; they impart some order to what might otherwise appear to be a hopeless chaos of activities; they mediate between us and the political world we seek to render intelligible; they create an area of determinate awareness and thus help to separate the relevant phenomena from the irrelevant.

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