The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel (New Directions in Critical Theory)

The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel (New Directions in Critical Theory)


Hegel's "highway of despair," brought in his Phenomenology of Spirit, represents the tortured course traveled via "natural cognizance" on its option to freedom. melancholy, the passionate residue of Hegelian critique, additionally shows fugitive possibilities for freedom and preserves the main of desire opposed to all wish. reading the works of an eclectic forged of thinkers, Robyn Marasco considers the dynamism of melancholy as a severe ardour, reckoning with the kinds of old existence solid alongside Hegel's road.

The street of Despair follows Theodor Adorno, Georges Bataille, and Frantz Fanon as they each one learn, withstand, and reconfigure a strand of proposal in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Confronting the twentieth-century cave in of a definite innovative dialectic, those thinkers fight to revalue severe philosophy and recast Left Hegelianism in the contexts of genocidal racism, global conflict, and colonial domination. each one philosopher additionally re-centers the function of ardour in critique. Arguing opposed to newer traits in severe concept that promise an get away from melancholy, Marasco indicates how ardour frustrates the resolutions of cause and religion. Embracing the extremism of what Marx, within the spirit of Hegel, known as the "ruthless critique of every little thing existing," she affirms the modern buy of radical severe concept, leading to a passionate method of political thought.

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