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Hegel, Literature, and the Problem of Agency

Hegel, Literature, and the Problem of Agency

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Part of Modern European Philosophy

  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796347

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  • Allen Speight argues that behind Hegel's extraordinary appeal to literature in the Phenomenology of Spirit lies a philosophical project concerned with understanding human agency in the modern world. It shows that Hegel looked to three literary genres--tragedy, comedy, and the romantic novel--as offering privileged access to three moments of human agency: retrospectivity, theatricality, and forgiveness. Taking full account of the authors that Hegel himself refers to (Sophocles, Diderot, Schlegel, Jacobi), Allen Speight has written a book with a broad appeal to both philosophers and literary theorists.

    • Previous books on Hegel have all performed very well
    • This book has cross discipinary appeal to literary theorists
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    "Speight's book is clearly written, well argued, and nothing if not ambitious. His book marks a new point for Hegel scholarship in English." Ethics

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    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796347
    • length: 168 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. 'Hegel's novel': the Phenomenology of the Spirit and the problem of philosophical narrative
    2. Tragedy and retrospectivity: Hegel's Antigone
    3. Comedy and theatricality: desire, Bildung and the sociality of agent's self-knowledge
    4. Forgiveness and the romantic novel: contesting the beautiful soul
    5. From the Phenomenology to the Philosophy of Right: Hegel's concept of the will and the possibility of modern ethical life.

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    Allen Speight, Boston University

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