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9-25-07 - SOC 302 Professor Fuchs I Alienation Alienation...

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SOC 302 Professor Fuchs 9/25/07 I. Alienation Alienation means that something is supposed to be together is turned asunder; something where the creator creates something that then turns into an alien force; something that seems to be beyond the control of its creator; for Feurbach the main form is alienation is Christianity (where God was a human creation but turns up higher and beyond His creators); in order to overcome alienation you have to see God as what He is; a human creation o Humanism is atheism; to overcome alienation you have to affirm a secular atheism; the creator takes back his creation and realizes that it was he who created God and not the other way around o Hegel: Alienation is unhappy consciousness; this is not meant as a description of a particular person, unhappiness is not a psychological but philosophical term; its when a person sees himself as an object; in order to overcome alienation the subject has to remove itself from an object and realize its position as a subject and not an object- this is called self-consciousness o Overcoming alienation: “Pure” subject: absolute; other worldly; transcendental o Marx: to overcome alienation: human beings are first and foremost bodily beings with senses; they are not so much knowing as they are working; they don’t just represent the world but also interact in it; they are actively engaging in the world; DOES NOT MEAN ‘Withdraw from the world’; what Hegel calls subject Marx calls worker; the SUBJECT withdraws from the world but the WORKER works
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Fuchs during the Fall '07 term at UVA.

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