Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic by Slavoj Žižek

Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic

bySlavoj Žižek, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis

Kobo ebook | March 23, 2011

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Catherine Malabou, Antonio Negri, John D. Caputo, Bruno Bosteels, Mark C. Taylor, and Slavoj Zizek join seven others—including William Desmond, Katrin Pahl, Adrian Johnston, Edith Wyschogrod, and Thomas A. Lewis—to apply Hegel's thought to twenty-first-century philosophy, politics, and religion. Doing away with claims that the evolution of thought and history is at an end, these thinkers safeguard Hegel's innovations against irrelevance and, importantly, reset the distinction of secular and sacred.

These original contributions focus on Hegelian analysis and the transformative value of the philosopher's thought in relation to our current "turn to religion." Malabou develops Hegel's motif of confession in relation to forgiveness; Negri writes of Hegel's philosophy of right; Caputo reaffirms the radical theology made possible by Hegel; and Bosteels critiques fashionable readings of the philosopher and argues against the reducibility of his dialectic. Taylor reclaims Hegel's absolute as a process of infinite restlessness, and Zizek revisits the religious implications of Hegel's concept of letting go. Mirroring the philosopher's own trajectory, these essays progress dialectically through politics, theology, art, literature, philosophy, and science, traversing cutting-edge theoretical discourse and illuminating the ways in which Hegel inhabits them.

Slavoj Zizek is a professor at the Institute for Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and at the European Graduate School, Switzerland. His many books include Democracy in What State?, Living in the End Times, and Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology.Clayton Crockett is associate professor ...
Title:Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and DialecticFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 23, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231512872

ISBN - 13:9780231512879


Table of Contents

Preface: Hegel's Century
Introduction: Risking Hegel: A New Reading for the Twenty-First Century
Clayton Crockett and Creston Davis
1. Is Confession the Accomplishment of Recognition? Rousseau and the Unthought of Religion in the Phenomenology of Spirit
Catherine Malabou
2. Rereading Hegel: The Philosopher of Right
Antonio Negri
3. The Perversity of the Absolute, the Perverse Core of Hegel, and the Possibility of Radical Theology
John D. Caputo
4. Hegel in America
Bruno Bosteels
5. Infinite Restlessness
Mark C. Taylor
6. Between Finitude and Infinity: On Hegel's Sublationary Infinitism
William Desmond
7. The Way of Despair
Katrin Pahl
8. The Weakness of Nature: Hegel, Freud, Lacan, and Negativity Materialized
Adrian Johnston
9. Disrupting Reason: Art and Madness in Hegel and Van Gogh
Edith Wyschogrod
10. Finite Representation, Spontaneous Thought, and the Politics of an Open-Ended Consummation
Thomas Lewis
11. Hegel and Shitting: The Idea's Constipation
Slavoj ?i?ek
List of Contributors

Editorial Reviews

These are exciting times for the student of Hegel. In place of a previously regnant understanding of the great philosopher, depicting him as an absolute idealist unable to comprehend difference, a staid liberal who walked away from his early enthusiasm for the French Revolution, we have a 'new' Hegel. This superb collection gives us the lineaments of this latter Hegel, who grappled unsparingly with difference and whose systematicity allowed breaks and interruptions.