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The Highway of DespairCritical Theory After Hegel$
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Robyn Marasco

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168663

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168663.001.0001

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Hegel, the Wound

Hegel, the Wound

(p.25) 1 Hegel, the Wound
The Highway of Despair

Robyn Marasco

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores Hegel's philosophy based on his work, Phenomenology of Spirit. Robert Pippin argues that Hegel should be considered as a postcritical philosopher—one who radicalizes the idealist principle of Transcendental Deduction, or the unity of apperception, through which Immanuel Kant tries to establish the concept's objective validity and the foundations for a priori knowledge. Pippin adds that the question of whether Hegel's speculative system can be called critical rests exclusively on its relationship to Kant, its adherence to the “identity theory” in German Idealism. In relation to Pippin's claim, Jean-Luc Nancy suggests that “Hegel is the inaugural thinker of the contemporary world” because he revealed the “constitutive unhappiness” of the modern subject in its ecstatic relation to objects and others.

Keywords:   Phenomenology of Spirit, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, postcritical philosopher, Transcendental Deduction, Robert Pippin, Jean-Luc Nancy, Immanuel Kant

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