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Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France
     

Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France

by Judith Butler
 

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This now classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the trajectory of desire and its genesis from Hegel's formulation in Phenomenology of Spirit through its appropriation by Kojève, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault, presenting how French reception of Hegel posed successive challenges to his

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This now classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the trajectory of desire and its genesis from Hegel's formulation in Phenomenology of Spirit through its appropriation by Kojève, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault, presenting how French reception of Hegel posed successive challenges to his metaphysics and view of the subject and revealed ambiguities within his position. Subjects of Desire provides a sophisticated account of the post-Hegelian tradition that has predominated in modern France and remains timely in thinking about contemporary debates concerning desire, the unconscious, subjection, and the subject.

Editorial Reviews

Allan Stoekl
Butler's book...is an outstanding one, and deserves to be read by anyone interested in the question of the survival(s of Hegel in contemporary French philosophy.
Robert B. Pippin
What her account suggests is that the most damaging aspect of contemporary French Hegel reception is that its highly critical emphasis on the metaphysical issues of identity, rationality, and historical closure have so obscured Hegel's original idealism, especially his theory of reflection, that the rejection of Hegel brings with it, with a kind of dialectical necessity, the return of the pre-Hegelian, even the pre-Kantian, a kind of naive hope for 'immediacy' and, paradoxically, a commitment to a realism that the idealist tradition was to have finished off.
Annals of Scholarship
Butler's book... is an outstanding one, and deserves to be read by anyone interested in the question of the survival(s) of Hegel in contemporary French philosophy.Annals of Scholarship

The French Review
[Butler] writes clearly and without jargon.... The impact of Butler's work is immense.The French ReviewThe French Review

The Journal of Modern History
Subjects of Desire gives evidence of long reflection on important texts and issues in the Continental tradition. There is a sure-footedness of judgment here that historians ought to envy.

The Philosophical Review
What [Butler's] account suggests is that the most damaging aspect of contemporary French Hegel reception is that its highly critical emphasis on the metaphysical issues of identity, rationality, and historical closure have so obscured Hegel's original idealism, especially his theory of reflection, that the rejection of Hegel brings with it, with a kind of dialectical necessity, the return of the pre-Hegelian, even the pre-Kantian, a kind of naive hope for 'immediacy' and, paradoxically, a commitment to a realism that the idealist tradition was to have finished off.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231064514
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Judith Butler is the Maxine Eliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her books include Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism; The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere; Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; and Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death.

Philippe Sabot is lecturer in philosophy at the Charles De Gaulle University–Lille 3 in Lille, France.

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