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Self-consciousness and the critique of the subject Hegel, Heidegger, and the poststructuralists
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New York ; Chichester, England : Columbia University Press, 2014.


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1 online resource (286 pages)
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.


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Poststructuralists hold Hegel responsible for giving rise to many of modern philosophy's problematic concepts--the authority of reason, self-consciousness, the knowing subject. Yet, according to Simon Lumsden, this animosity is rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of Hegel's thought, and resolving this tension can not only heal the rift between poststructuralism and German idealism but also point these traditions in exciting new directions.

Revisiting the philosopher's key texts, Lumsden calls attention to Hegel's reformulation of liberal and Cartesian conceptions of subjectivity, identifying a critical though unrecognized continuity between poststructuralism and German idealism. Poststructuralism forged its identity in opposition to idealist subjectivity; however, Lumsden argues this model is not found in Hegel's texts but in an uncritical acceptance of Heidegger's characterization of Hegel and Fichte as "metaphysicians of subjectivity." Recasting Hegel as both post-Kantian and postmetaphysical, Lumsden sheds new light on this complex philosopher while revealing the surprising affinities between two supposedly antithetical modes of thought.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Rise of Reason's Authorityp. 2
The Metaphysics of Subjectivityp. 7
The Poststructuralist Reception of German Idealismp. 13
1 The Metaphysics of Presence and the Worldless Subject: Heidegger's Critique of Modern Philosophyp. 25
Descartes and the Rise of the Knowing Subjectp. 26
Heidegger's Critique of Hegelp. 33
2 Fichte's Striving Subjectp. 38
Critique of Dogmatismp. 41
"Review of' Aenesidemus"p. 43
Self-Positing, Acting, and Intellectual Intuitionp. 47
The Check as a Realist Constraintp. 51
Striving, Normativity, and the Thing-in-Itselfp. 57
The Unifying Function of Strivingp. 60
3 Hegel: Self-Consciousness and Self-Determinationp. 66
The Limits of Kant's Epistemologyp. 68
Hegel's Critique of Fichtep. 78
Kant's Subjectivism and the Promise of Apperceptionp. 84
Thought and Experiencep. 88
The Phenomenology's Reorientation of Self-Consciousnessp. 96
Spirit, Self-Determination, and Self-Consciousnessp. 104
4 Heidegger, Care, and Selfhoodp. 110
Das Man and Inauthenticityp. 112
Anxiety, Individuation, and Authenticityp. 115
Carep. 121
Conscience and the Authentic Selfp. 126
Hegel and Heideggerp. 132
5 Derrida and the Question of Subjectivityp. 138
The Heideggerian Backgroundp. 140
Overcoming the Self-Present Subjectp. 143
Derrida's Challenge to the Unified Subjectp. 145
Autonomy, Singularity, and Responsibilityp. 149
The Destabilizing and Skeptical Role of Reason in Hegel's Thoughtp. 158
Hegel's Transformation of the Modern Subjectp. 162
Singularity and Responsibility in Derrida and Hegelp. 171
6 The Dialectic and Transcendental Empiricism: Deleuze's Critique of Hegelp. 177
Sense-Experience and Individuationp. 179
Individuation and the Critique of the Subjectp. 186
The Distorting Effects of Hegelian Negationp. 189
Hegelian Self-Consciousness and the Transcendental Empiricalp. 193
The Reception of Kant's Legacy in Deleuze and Hegelp. 199
Hegel and the Dynamism of Modern Lifep. 206
Self-World Relationp. 211
Conclusionp. 217
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 255