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Catherine Malabou

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26 Aug 2004

This book is one of the most important recent books on Hegel, a philosopher who has had a crucial impact on the shape of continental philosophy. Published here in English for the first time, it includes a substantial preface by Jacques Derrida in which he explores the themes and conclusions of Malabou's book.

The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic restores Hegel's rich and complex concepts of time and temporality to contemporary philosophy. It examines his concept of time, relating it to perennial topics in philosophy such as substance, accident and the identity of the subject. Catherine Malabou's also contrasts her account of Hegelian temporality with the interpretation given by Heidegger in Being and Time, arguing that it is the concept of 'plasticity' that best describes Hegel's theory of temporality. The future is understood not simply as a moment in time, but as something malleable and constantly open to change through our interpretation.
The book also develops Hegel's preoccupation with the history of Greek thought and Christianity and explores the role of theology in his thought.
Essential reading for those interested in Hegel and contemporary continental philosophy, The Future of Hegel is also fascinating to those interested in the ideas of Heidegger and Derrida.


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Catherine Malabou is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris X, Nanterre.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hegel, Derrida and Aristotle 5 Jan 2007
By John Russon - Published on Amazon.com
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Malabou's book would be a worthwhile book for many Hegel scholars to read. Drawing its philosophical inspiration from Derrida, the book investigates ways in which Hegel's philosophy articulates an openness to the future. Malabou particularly explores Hegel's use of the notion of "plasticity" to explore the notion of something the form of which is not settled in advance. The book is divided into 3 sections, on Man, God and Philosophy. The comparisons of Hegel with Aristotle in the first of these sections is helpful for bringing out ways in which Hegel's metaphysics is not governed by a notion of "presence." The book bears the marks of being a dissertation, and the interpretive claims are perhaps not quite as novel as they are purported to be, but the analysis overall is both textually and philosophically insightful. I recommend it to serious students of Hegel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and indispensable work of modern philosophy 7 Feb 2013
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Malabou works out the underlying import of theories on God, plasticity, and science, bridging the Idealist turn of Continental philosophy into today's exciting debates surrounding cognitive neuroscience and death.
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