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Alienation and Why We Cannot Afford to Accept it as a Given

Posted 01/31/2017
Submitted by Brian Skelly
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Join us at this week’s Philosophy Club meeting Thursday, February 2, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 421 Auerbach Hall for discussion of the presented topic: Alienation: What it is and why we cannot afford to accept it as a given.

Here is an excerpt from the paper to be presented by Brian Skelly:

Recently, speaking to reporters in regard to his decision to suspend immigration from some Muslim countries and whether this might lead to heightened resentment around the globe, President Trump offered this synopsis:

       The world is a mess. The world is as angry as it gets. What, you think this is going to
       cause a little more anger? The world is an angry place. 

This remark gives us, in all our grapplings to discern the inner workings of the man, a clear strike to the core: Donald Trump takes human alienation for granted and not as something to be minimized. He said this to indicate that it did not matter to him whether his polices would increase the sense of alienation in the world, because to him, alienation is already at its plenum, so we’re silly to make a fuss about it.

I think many of us have quite similar life strategies, accepting divisive and exclusionary means of carving out our own sense of belonging in the world rather than undertaking the admittedly more difficult, but in the long run, far more rewarding task of finding our identities within the context of an inclusive, universal community.

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters - with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester - from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 421 Auerbach Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.

For more information, contact Brian Skelly at or 413-642-0334.


Alienation paper, Brian Skelly
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