A New German Idealism (eBook)
Hegel, ´I¸Žek, And Dialectical Materialism
Sobre o livro
In 2012, philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj ´i¸ek published what arguably is his magnum opus, the one-thousand-page tomeLess Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. A sizable sequel appeared in 2014,Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism. In these two books, ´i¸ek returns to the German idealist G. W. F. Hegel in order to forge a new materialism for the twenty-first century. ´i¸eks reinvention of Hegelian dialectics explores perennial and contemporary concerns: humanitys relations with nature, the place of human freedom, the limits of rationality, the roles of spirituality and religion, and the prospects for radical sociopolitical change.
InA New German Idealism, Adrian Johnston offers a first-of-its-kind sustained critical response toLess Than Nothing andAbsolute Recoil. Johnston, a leading authority on and interlocutor of ´i¸ek, assesses the recent return to Hegel against the backdrop of Kantian and post-Kantian German idealism. He also presents alternate reconstructions of Hegels positions that differ in important respects from ´i¸eks version of dialectical materialism. In particular, Johnston criticizes ´i¸eks deviations from the secular naturalism and Enlightenment optimism of his chosen sources of inspiration: not only Hegel, but Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud too. In response, Johnston develops what he calls transcendental materialism, an antireductive and leftist materialism capable of preserving and advancing the core legacies of the Hegelian, Marxian, and Freudian traditions central to ´i¸ek.