The Study of Man: The Alienation of Modern Man

Glazer, Nathan. "The Study of Man: The Alienation of Modern Man." Commentary, 1947.

Excerpt: If, as Sidney Hook wrote recently, the two great semantic beacons of our time are the terms “transition” and “crisis,” then a third term is perhaps necessary to capture the special quality of this transition and this crisis. That term—the third semantic beacon—is “alienation.” It expresses a unique facet of the crisis of our times: the widespread belief that there has been a revolutionary change in the psychological condition of man, reflected in the individual’s feeling of isolation, homelessness, insecurity, restlessness, anxiety.