Alienation as an aspectual concept
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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This project is a sincere effort to illustrate alienation in ways not typical or formally represented. Drawing upon respected insights, initial interests have matured into a venture intent on crafting a composite, conceptual place for alienation, to consider holistically pathways where it manages to thrive as a stereotypic feature of human existence. The reason an aggregate, wholesale perspective proves necessary is because fundamental characteristics of alienation (paradoxically) incorporate images of both dependence as well as social disconnection. These are quite dissimilar orientations from which to consolidate a single idea. One’s preferred stance or insight may appear justifiable while, given this ambiguous base, conceptual arrangements often conflict, favored positions become troublesome to defend, leaving many still groping for credible explanation and clarification. Two primary points of emphasis are necessary. One is to present a convincing picture of how extensive, pervasive and enduring forces that drive conformity are. Another is to fashion a case for the self, to sketch a portrait for its potential growth, and, most significantly, to advance a proposal for how and why self-development (through independent initiative) appears the most befitting asset for both recognizing as well as challenging illusive, alienating restraints.