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Alienation , on the other hand , is a contingent historical event that cannot be deduced from our ability to alter the world through action ; where alienation occurs it is an irreducible phe­ nomenon that cannot be deduced from or reduced to a more general historical process . 29 Second, Sartre accepts Kierkegaard's critique of Hegel , namely, that the ir­ reducibility of each human life cannot be incorporated within a syste m . It is i mportant, in this context, to understand Kierkegaard's objection to Hegel cor­ rectly.

And his participa­ tion in Rassemblement Democratique Revolutionnaire (Revolutionary Peoples Assembly) , which , he later considered to be merely anticommunist and not viable. See his Situations . trans . Benita Eisler (New York: George Braziller, 1 965), 248 -49; Mark Poster, Existential Marxism in Postwar France: From Sartre to Althusser (Princeton , N . J . : Princeton University Press , 1 975) , 1 34 - 3 5 n . 6 1 ; Sartre , Sartre by Himself. trans. Richard Seaver (Interviews b y A le xan d re Astruc and Michel Contat) (New York : Urizen Books , 1 97 8 ) , 5 1 - 5 2 .

Some of us can thus escape , to some degree , the general historical alienating d i mension of our lives in our daily occupations , that is to say, in our local relations with our books , our friend s , and our organizations . Still , our own praxis may eliminate the possibility of this reflection . In support of the we-relation , critics point to the cooperation among the members of a family, and to the pai n , sweat , and suffering of people when they act for a common goal . But if a husband leaves his wife before their child is born and the wife gives the child to an orphanage , where is " the family"?

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