Less Than Nothing

Less Than Nothing

Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism

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For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, an influence each new thinker struggles to escape. As a consequence, Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the defining philosopher of the historical transition to modernity, a period with which our own times share startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new period of transition. In Less Than Nothing, the product of a career-long focus on the part of its author, Slavoj iek argues it is imperative we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables iek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with key strands of contemporary thought—Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics, and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.


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Norton Pub
Slavoj Žižek’s masterwork on the Hegelian legacy.
For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, an influence each new thinker struggles to escape. As a consequence, Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the defining philosopher of the historical transition to modernity, a period with which our own times share startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new period of transition. In Less Than Nothing, the product of a career-long focus on the part of its author, Slavoj Žižek argues it is imperative we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Žižek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with key strands of contemporary thought—Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics, and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Book News
Full of his customary controversial dynamism and rhetorical onslaught, Zizek's (sociology, U. of Ljubljana) latest work brings all of his previous work on cultural theory home to roost in a gargantuan examination of Hegel and his enduring influence. Arguing that Hegel's ideas should be embraced, embodied and exaggerated to understand and make sense of modern life and the current unrest and revolutionary impulses in the world, the author draws on a dizzying set of cultural data to serve as examples of and devices to explain Hegel's brilliance and relevance as a framework to understand the world. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2012
ISBN: 9781844678976
1844678970
Characteristics: x, 1038 p. ; 24 cm

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