Alienation (New Directions in Critical Theory) by Rahel Jaeggi

By Rahel Jaeggi

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

A revived method of alienation is helping severe social conception interact with phenomena corresponding to meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. via severing alienation’s hyperlink to a problematical belief of human essence whereas maintaining its social-philosophical content material, Jaeggi offers assets for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected challenge 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 imperative to ecu political and social inspiration, has receded in significance in contemporary political philosophy. Like self-deception and weak spot of will, this can be very proof against research although it remains to be an important topic of contemporary lifestyles and debts for the beneficial properties of latest existence. Jaeggi’s nice accomplishment is to supply the outlines of a brand new conception of an outdated time period and thereby express its linkage to significant moral and political issues. 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 guts of political philosophy. She argues alienation matters a failure to acceptable oneself within the correct approach, 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 realized in either the continental and analytic traditions. She does what's fairly infrequent: she brings those traditions right into a hugely effective synthesis. a really extraordinary achievement.” —Daniel Brudney, college of Chicago

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

Alienation is likely 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 might be hired within the carrier of recent philosophical insights.” —Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard university

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How can war, which gives such clear evidence of the perversity, cruelty and destructiveness of human beings, be seen as fitting into a picture of the achievement of the ‘highest good in the world’? War amongst human beings has emerged as one of the apparently unavoidable, almost mechanical, outcomes of nature but its patent immorality seems to fly in the face of the highest purpose that can be imputed to nature. How is it that humans, who are arguably the ultimate purpose of the existence of the world, can be so calamitously engaged in destroying their fellow human beings?

1057/9780230360228 - Kant and the End of War, Howard Williams 2 Kant and Just War Theory: The Problem Outlined The right of nations is a right in the condition (iuridice) of war, that is of the lack of public justice, and there is no other principle appropriate to it than that all the actions of the nation (Volk) in regard to others stand solely under the stipulations under which the creation of public justice is possible, that is, a union of nations. Kant (19: 598)1 Introduction We have seen how the idea of war forms a key theme for Kant’s philosophy as a whole.

The human race would by far prefer to live in warm or temperate climates where the fruits of nature grow most abundantly and the labour of cultivation is least demanding. But through war tribes were pressed to bring into cultivation less productive lands and seek to domesticate more diverse creatures. Our hostility towards each other leads to ever greater inventiveness in the production of weapons. As we develop our skills in inventing and producing new weapons our general intelligence and skill increases.

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