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. 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. Her work revisits the arguments of Rousseau,
Hegel, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger, placing them in dialogue with Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Charles Taylor.