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A new German idealism : Hegel, Žižek, and dialectical materialism

Author: Adrian Johnston
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 2012, philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Žižek published what arguably is his magnum opus, the one-thousand-page tome Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. A sizable sequel appeared in 2014, Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism. In these two books, Žižek returns to the German idealist G. W. F. Hegel in order to forge a new materialism for the  Read more...
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Johnston, Adrian, 1974-
New German idealism.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017052046
(OCoLC)1020304274
Named Person: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Slavoj Žižek; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Slavoj Žižek
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian Johnston
ISBN: 9780231545242 023154524X
OCLC Number: 1037351551
Description: 1 online resource (xxxvi, 337 pages)
Contents: Preface: Drawing lines --
Žižek's speculative dialectics --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Sublating absolute idealism --
Žižekian materialist reversals --
"Freedom or system? Yes, please!": Spinozisms of freedom and the post-Kantian aftermath then and now --
Where to start?: deflating Hegel's deflators --
Contingency, pure contingency --
without any further determination: Hegelian modalities --
Materialism sans materialism: Žižekian substance deprived of its substance --
Bartleby by nature: German idealism, biology, and Žižek's compatibilism --
Conclusion: Driven on --
the (meta)dialectics of drive and desire.
Responsibility: Adrian Johnston.
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Adrian Johnston offers a first-of-its-kind sustained critical response to Slavoj Zizek's Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil, in which Zizek returns to Hegel. Johnston develops what he calls  Read more...

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