Alienation (19TH CENTURY- )

Variously defined, but principally the positive theory of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) and the critical theory of the German political economist Karl Marx (1818-1883) of consciousness in history.

Hegel: human history consists of the progressive divisions or alienations of consciousness, whereby complexity and identity are recognized in growing division. Spirit creates its word in the act of knowing it. We know things only when they become separate from us.

Marx: capitalism is characterized by the separation or alienation of the workers from what they make, from the productive process, from their true nature or ‘species being’ and from other people.

R Schacht, Alienation (New York, 1970)

Alienation may refer to:

  • Alienation (property law), the legal transfer of title of ownership to another party
  • Alienation (video game), a 2016 PlayStation 4 video game
  • “Alienation” (speech), an inaugural address by Jimmy Reid as Rector of the University of Glasgow
  • Social alienation, an individual’s estrangement from society

See also

  • Alien Nation (disambiguation)
  • Alienability (disambiguation)
  • Alienation effect, an audience’s inability to identify with a character in a performance, as an intended consequence of the actor’s interpretation of the script
  • Alienation of affection(s), a legal term whereby a third party is blamed for the breakdown of a personal relationship
  • Marx’s theory of alienation, the separation of things that naturally belong together, or antagonism between those who are properly in harmony
  • Parental alienation, psychological alienation of a child from a parent, especially after divorce, such that the child acts with unwarranted hostility toward the parent
  • Parental alienation syndrome, a term sometimes used to describe behaviors shown by children who have allegedly been psychologically manipulated into rejecting a parent

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