Modern society has gone through a series of significant changes which resulted in major alterations in the relationships between human activity and the objects and institutions created through this activity. These changes have greatly diminished the individual's role as initiator, the result being a major break in the relations between man and the external world, man and society.

Although some scholars view these contemporary manifestations of alienation as the death of the social, the author that the result of contemporary investigations will stimulate means by which power and meaning can be regained.

THis paper is based on a talk delivered in the Spring of 1986 at the Sacred Heart University Honors Forum.



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