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Title: Possibilità e limiti di una teoria critica dell’alienazione
Authors: Fanciullacci, Riccardo
Keywords: Alienationestrangementsecond personcritical theoryMarxJaeggi
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Riccardo Fanciullacci “Possibilità e limiti di una teoria critica dell’alienazione” in "Etica & Politica / Ethics and Politics, (2017) XIX/1", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 417-511
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics and Politics
(2017) XIX/1
This paper explores the possibilities and limits of the category of “alienation” taken as the cornerstone of a critical theory of society, as it has been recently rehabilitated in philosophical literature (R. Jaeggi, S. Haber et al.) Firstly, it reconstructs the main features that any theory of alienation attributes to the alienated condition. Beisdes, it introduces a criterion to distinguish between these theories, those for which the alienated condition has among its essential features a certain reference to the subjective experience of loss and those for which this experience is not essential. After showing how Marx’s theory of alienation, despite some ambiguous wording, belongs to the second group, I try to prove that the theories of the second group use the word “alienation” in a way that does not betray its original inspiration and its common uses. At this point, I formulate an epistemological constraint for the theories recognizing a pivotal role to the experience of loss: they must take into account the supposedly alienated subjects and address themselves to them as a second persons. Once clarified the extent to which it is possible to develop a consistent theory of alienation, finally I offer some reasons for taking seriously such a theory in relation to the tasks of social critique.
Type: Journal Issue
ISSN: 1825-5167
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