Author (Your Name)

Susan Mersky, Colby College

Date of Award


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Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)


Colby College. Philosophy Dept.




As society becomes more complex and with the tremendous growth of mechanical power, man lives increasingly regulated by machines. Furthermore, as man becomes more mechanically regulated, he becomes more and more detached from former traditions. He has become, in sociological terms, alienated, alienated from his own self, from others, from nature, and from the spiritual worId. By alienation, it is meant a sense of rootlessness, a lack of concrete feeling, and anxiety due to the depersonalizing forces in modern society. Man has entered into what many have termed the age of secularization; traditional culture has disintegrated and the ideas and beliefs upon which social and individual lives have been organized have decayed. Man, with his scientific knowledge and great technical achievements, has gained much power, but this power has also stripped nature of its sacred forms so that man feels homeless, and he is left with a world that is neutral and alien.


Buber, Martin, 1878-1965, Radhakrishnan, S. (Sarvepalli), 1888-1975