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Hegel, Literature, and the Problem of Agency : Modern European Philosophy - Allen Speight

Hegel, Literature, and the Problem of Agency

Modern European Philosophy

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Published: 5th February 2001
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Allen Speight argues that behind Hegel's extraordinary appeal to literature in the Phenomenology of Spirit lies a philosophical project concerned with understanding human agency in the modern world. It shows that Hegel looked to three literary genres--tragedy, comedy, and the romantic novel--as offering privileged access to three moments of human agency: retrospectivity, theatricality, and forgiveness. Taking full account of the authors that Hegel himself refers to (Sophocles, Diderot, Schlegel, Jacobi), Allen Speight has written a book with a broad appeal to both philosophers and literary theorists.

'... the book has many virtues and will certainly help readers at various levels attain a better understanding of the Phenomenology.' Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain

Introduction
'Hegel's novel': the Phenomenology of the Spirit and the problem of philosophical narrative
Tragedy and retrospectivity: Hegel's Antigone
Comedy and theatricality: desire, Bildung and the sociality of agent's self-knowledge
Forgiveness and the romantic novel: contesting the beautiful soul
From the Phenomenology to the Philosophy of Right: Hegel's concept of the will and the possibility of modern ethical life
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ISBN: 9780521791847
ISBN-10: 0521791847
Series: Modern European Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 5th February 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.42