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Master of Arts (MA)
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Third Committee Member
In modern capitalist society, conditions of alienation and commodification represent a crisis affecting social structure, psychological well-being, and the health of the planet. In this paper, I examine Marxist analysis of capitalist society, analyze how conditions of alienation in capitalist society have grown through time, and make a case for Engaged Buddhism as a means of reaching liberation from capitalist alienation. Through analysis of capitalist alienation, I demonstrate that the phenomenon of alienation is inseparable from oppressive social structural conditions, namely in the form of corporate domination. I examine the humanistic Marxist and the Buddhist views of liberated self and society as alternatives to the alienated capitalist conception of self and model of society. I present the humanistic Marxist view that individuals engage in self- actualization through self-determining production and harmonious relations to people and nature. I demonstrate Engaged Buddhism's socially engaged path of ethical and mindful living and power for reaching deep insight and understanding as a means for creating what Marx views as a non-alienated human society and thus progressing further toward the Bodhisattva goal of collective enlightenment.
Knoring White, Daniel, "Alienation and commodification in capitalist society with engaged Buddhism as a path of liberation" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1921.