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Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France Paperback – 6 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (6 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231064519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231064514
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
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What her account suggests is that the most damaging aspect of contemporary French Hegel reception is that its highly critical emphasis on the metaphysical issues of identity, rationality, and historical closure have so obscured Hegel's original idealism, especially his theory of reflection, that the rejection of Hegel brings with it, with a kind of dialectical necessity, the return of the "pre"-Hegelian, even the pre-Kantian, a kind of naive hope for 'immediacy' and, paradoxically, a commitment to a realism that the idealist tradition was to have finished off.

About the Author

Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of many works, including Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection; and Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative.

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