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9 This early model of alienation and reconciliation involves an extreme rejection of the material world, a denial of the possibility that it might have any value or connection to the true nature of humanity, which is characterized in purely spiritual or intellectual terms. Later conceptions of alienation do not share this view of human nature, but some of the aspects of those conceptions, such as loss of the origin and dis-integration, are already discernible. Augustine, influenced by neo-Platonism, similarly sees a choice between focusing on God as the unified centre of being and immersing himself in the fragmentation and multiplicity of the world.

41 Aesthetic play involves an interest and delight in superficial appearance, or semblance, rather than in reality; but in this case it is not the semblance of something real, but pure semblance itself. This is semblance as semblance, not semblance masquerading as reality. 42 This celebration of a semblance not anchored in reality resembles Derrida’s ‘affirmation of the play of a world . . of signs . . 43 However, there is one key difference; Derridian semblance does not ‘originate in man considered as perceiving subject’.

Whichever way it is read as regards the metaphysics of presence, it still involves a fall–redemption narrative of the loss and return of an originary union with the oneness that is at the foundation of being. The Corruption of Nature: Rousseau A secularized concept of alienation was developed during the eighteenthcentury Enlightenment. In the writings of the Scottish political economists Alienation and Presence 25 the term ‘alienation’ is used to refer to the transfer of property, a usage derived from one of its principal meanings in Latin.

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