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Rahel Jaeggi


This book reconceives alienation as the absence of a meaningful relationship to oneself and others, something that manifests itself in feelings of helplessness and the despondent acceptance of ossified social roles and expectations. It draws on the Hegelian philosophical tradition, phenomenological analyses grounded in modern conceptions of agency and recent work in the analytical tradition. It notes that the Hegelian–Marxist idea of alienation fell out of favor after the post-metaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist views of human nature. It shows how a revived approach to alienati ... More

Keywords: alienation, social pathologies, humanism, human nature, social theory, meaninglessness, isolation, indifference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231151986
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rahel Jaeggi, author