Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France

Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France

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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.

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
Sales rank:
1,357,903
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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