The analysis of confused concepts has been one of the central functions of philosophy since Socrates. But how can one analyze “alienation”? If we concentrate on one person to prove that he does not know what he thinks he knows and that he contradicts himself, we leave the impression that one hapless victim was in a bad way while dozens of reputable writers know perfectly well what they are talking about. Thus Socrates’ method fails us.
What is needed is a careful, critical survey of the ways in which many of the most influential writers have used the term. That, of course, is a difficult undertaking and requires considerable scholarship. But short of that, we shall always be reduced to confusion when we read about alienation. And if we simply do not care how other men have used the word and say, in effect, “This is how I shall use it,” we are quite apt to be told that the term really means something else and that we ought to read this writer or that.
جهت استعلام قيمت و سفارش چاپ اين محصول لطفا با انتشارات گنج حضور تماس حاصل فرماييد