The Hegelian-Marxist idea of alienation fell out of favor after the postmetaphysical rejection of humanism and essentialist views of human nature. In this book Rahel Jaeggi draws on the Hegelian philosophical tradition, phenomenological analyses grounded in modern conceptions of agency, and recent work in the analytical tradition to reconceive alienation as the absence of a meaningful relationship to oneself and others, which manifests in feelings of helplessness and the despondent acceptance of ossified social roles and expectations. A revived approach to alienation helps critical social theory engage with phenomena such as meaninglessness, isolation, and indifference. By severing alienation's link to a problematic conception of human essence while retaining its social-philosophical content, Jaeggi provides resources for a renewed critique of social pathologies, a much-neglected concern in contemporary liberal political philosophy. Her work revisits the arguments of Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, placing them in dialogue with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.
In his recent exhibition at Vienna's Museum of Modern Art, Harun Farocki showed two split-screen video installations: "Comparison via a Third" looks at international methods of brick-making and "Eye/Machine" takes on contemporary surveillance technology. Farocki's work was also recently seen at Documenta XII, 2007.
Taking its title from Deleuze, this exhibition and catalogue consider the body linguistically. In what sense do bodies produce language, how are they themselves grasped and defined by it, and what spaces for action are opened up by this understanding? With art by John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow, Mary Kelly, Francesca Woodman, and others.