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The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel

Robyn Marasco


Hegel's “highway of despair,” introduced in his Phenomenology of Spirit, represents the tortured path traveled by “natural consciousness” on its way to freedom. Despair, the passionate residue of Hegelian critique, also indicates fugitive opportunities for freedom and preserves the principle of hope against all hope. Analyzing the works of an eclectic cast of thinkers, the book considers the dynamism of despair as a critical passion, reckoning with the forms of historical life forged along Hegel's highway. This book follows Theodor Adorno, Georges Bataille, and Frantz Fanon as they each read, ... More

Keywords: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, natural consciousness, freedom, despair, Left Hegelianism, genocidal racism, colonial domination, radical critical theory

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231168663
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robyn Marasco, author
Hunter College, City University of New York

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