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Menschendämmerung: Karl Marx, Ernst Jünger und der Untergang des Selbst
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2005 (English)Book (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

In one of the most controversial scholarly works published in Sweden during the last couple of years, Johan Tralau shows the relevance of alienation as a problem for political philosophy. In modernity, a conception of utopia has been influential in which there is supposed to be no alienation in relation to nature, technology or other people. In contradistinction to the traditional interpretation of the young Karl Marx, Tralau shows that the attempt to do away with alienation entails the dissolution of the individual. In that respect, this utopia can be compared to the totalitarian Worker’s state depicted by the young Ernst Jünger. Tralau argues that Jünger’s vision of the future contains a secret nihilist doctrine according to which his own utopia is an illusion, i. e., a mythological fiction that is supposed to enable man to escape from the alienation inherent in the modern world. On the basis of these destructive historical attempts at liberation from alienation, Tralau expounds an anti-utopian defence of the alienated condition, arguing that alienation is a prerequisite of liberty.

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Alber, Freiburg/München , 2005. , 205 p.
Keyword [en]
Entfremdung, Freiheit, Utopie, Natur, Technik, Revolution, Nihilismus, Mythos, G W F Hegel, Karl Marx, Ernst Jünger
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) History of Ideas Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21554ISBN: 3-495-48139-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21554DiVA: diva2:49327
Övers./übers./trans. Klaus-Jürgen LiedtkeAvailable from: 2006-12-30 Created: 2006-12-30

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