The Hegel variations: on the Phenomenology of spirit
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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Absolute Spirit abstract afﬁrmed Alain Badiou Alexandre Kojeve alienation allgemeines already andere anthropomorphic Antigone become Bewußtsein certainly chapter characterized concept contemporary contradiction critique culture Dasein dialectic dimension distinction emergence end of history essence essential ethical externalization ﬁgures ﬁir ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁrst place French Revolution G. W. F. Hegel Geist grasped Hegel Hegelian historical human I-Iegel’s idealism identiﬁed ideology immanence individual inessential insofar Kant Kant’s Kantian kind Kojeve Kojeve’s language later law of non-contradiction Logic Master Master/Slave metaphysical modern morality muß namely Napoleon narrative nature negative notion noumenon Paolo Virno Phenomenology Phenomenology of Spirit philosophical picture-thinking political positive post-revolutionary postmodern problem production pure reality recognition reiﬁed religion Revolution Sache scientiﬁc seems Selbstbewußtsein self-consciousness sense signiﬁcant Slave social speciﬁc structure struggle substance thematic theory thing thinking thought tion Unhappy Consciousness unity of opposites universal unmittelbar Wesen Wirklichkeit Wissen words Wrstand