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The Hegel variations - Fredric Jameson

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Title
The Hegel variations - on the Phenomenology of spirit
Author
Fredric Jameson
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Verso
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20170131

Master philosopher and cultural theorist tackles the founder of modern dialectics

In this major new study, the philosopher and cultural theorist Fredric Jameson offers a new reading of Hegel's foundational text Phenomenology of Spirit.

In contrast to those who see the Phenomenology as a closed system ending with Absolute Spirit, Jameson's reading presents an open work in which Hegel has not yet reconstituted himself in terms of a systematic philosophy (Hegelianism) and in which the moments of the dialectic and its levels have not yet been formalized. Hegel's text executes a dazzling variety of changes on conceptual relationships, in terms with are never allowed to freeze over and become reified in purely philosophical named concepts. The ending, on the aftermath of the French Revolution, is interpreted by Jameson, contra Fukuyama's "end of history," as a provisional stalemate between the political and the social, which is here extrapolated to our own time.

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Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.

"Yields a series of audacious reading of a 'non-teleological' Hegel, throwing a distinctive light on such themes as master-slave dialectic, linguistic subjectivity, expressive production ('the animal kingdom of spirit'), normative division in the Antigone (inaugurating chapter 6, 'Spirit'), and the French Revolution."
-Choice

"Fredric Jameson is America's leading Marxist critic. A prodigiously energetic thinker whose writings sweep majestically from Sophocles to science fiction."
-Terry Eagleton

"Probably the most important cultural critic writing in English today . It can be truly said that nothing cultural is alien to him."
-Colin MacCabe

"Jameson establishes the revisionist nature of his latest study from the very outset. For a work on a Hegel it is a conspicuously short but nonetheless fascinating work, one which encompasses all of the elliptical nuances, digressions and expansive inter-disciplinary scholarship which has characterized his past studies."
-Glasgow Review of Books

"Variations shows how tenaciously Jameson wrestles with his angel to complicate further his relationship to Hegelian Marxism."
-Peter Hitchcock, Mediations

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
136

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