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  1. Richard Schacht

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee395

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

How to Cite

Schacht, R. 2013. Alienation. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


“Alienation” was one of the buzzwords of the 1960s, coming into fashion with the “counterculture” and the neo-Marxist philosophy that was loosely associated with it. It became so overused that it suffered the subsequent fate of most intellectual fads, fading from popular discourse as the Zeitgeist moved on while also largely losing its brief and limited appeal in the scholarly community. It is arguable, however, that it deserved neither fate, and that it may turn out to have an intellectually respectable future, along any of several lines picking up on strands of its many uses.


  • continental philosophy