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In the Spirit of Critique
Thinking Politically in the Dialectical Tradition
In the Spirit of Critique
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Andrew J. Douglas - Author
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
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Hardcover - 183 pages
Release Date: December 2013
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4841-1

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Offers a new perspective on the political significance of the Hegelian dialectical legacy.

Focusing on the critical postures of Hegel, Marx, and a series of twentieth-century intellectuals, including Sartre, Adorno, and C. L. R. James, this book explores what dialectical thinking entails and how such thinking might speak to the lived realities of the contemporary political moment. What is revealed is not a formal method or a grand philosophical system, but rather a reflective energy or disposition—a dialectical spirit of critique—that draws normative sustenance from an emancipatory moral vision but that remains attuned principally to conflict and tension, and to the tragic uncertainties of political life. In light of the unique challenges of the late-modern age, as theorists and citizens struggle to sustain an active and coherent critical agenda, In the Spirit of Critique invites serious reconsideration of a rich and elusive intellectual tradition.

“…provides a masterful overview of the dialectical tradition that runs from Kant and Hegel through Marx and up to Sartre, Theodor Adorno, and the Trinidadian Marxist, C. L. R. James.” — Perspectives on Politics

Andrew J. Douglas is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

The Dialectical Tradition
A Spirit of Critique
The Story

2. Restaging the Dialectic

Dialectical Lightheartedness
Dialectical Despair
Nietzschean Disillusionment
Conclusion

3. In a Milieu of Scarcity

A Qualified Reading
Sartre’s Dialectical Lens
“In a Milieu of Scarcity”
“An Infernal Machine”
Reflective Limitation
Conclusion

4. Between Despair and Redemption

“In Face of Despair”
“From the Standpoint of Redemption”
Democracy to Come
Conclusion

5. The Instinctive Dialectic

Contours of a Romantic Humanism
Hegelian Pastiche
The Tragedy of Self-Activity
Conclusion

6. Conclusion

Notes
Index


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