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Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France

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This now classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the trajectory of desire and its genesis from Hegel's formulation in Phenomenology of Spirit through its appropriation by Kojeve, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault, presenting how French reception of Hegel posed successive challenges to his metaphysics and view of t ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 20th 1999 by Columbia University Press (first published 1987)
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Ralowe Ampu
Feb 07, 2013 Ralowe Ampu rated it it was amazing
okay, here we go. now, this is more like it. this is no undoing gender. judith's first book back when she was a spunky philosophy student had paragraphs i had to re-read five times. this is the first pure philosophy text i've ever really read. it didn't help that i was fighting off the flu. when i finally got her angle (hegel had managed to out-think everyone on the notion of how the self meets the world and most of the french theorists were theorizing interventions from misreadings that sometim ...more
James
Aug 23, 2011 James rated it really liked it
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Superb book that clearly lays out the role that desire plays in Hegel's philosophy, in particular the Phenomenology. The fate of Hegel's formulation of desire and its elemental function in the proceses of self-consciousness/recognition are also considered in relation to the grubby cosmos of 20th century French thought. Kojeve and Hypolitte's commentary/interpretations are considered, as well as Sartre's existentialist and very improbable account of the role of desire. And lastly, the heaviest hi ...more
Patricia
Jan 31, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Revised from Judy B's 1984 Yale philosophy dissertation. It's interesting to see the intellectual context that allowed Butler to think Gender Trouble, published the following year, and you can see some of the germs of those ideas popping up briefly here in unexpected places. Also, this convinced me that I absolutely needed to read Hegel.

The book is, of course, dense and slow-going, perhaps even more than Butler's later work, but definitely recommended for theory nerds. Especially worth taking a
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Aug 12, 2007 Susan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think I want to write something substantive on Butler, and want to do my homework; I've never read her stuff before Gender Trouble (except for that curious early piece on sadomasochism . . . )
Bradley
Dec 16, 2009 Bradley rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book... great secondary text for Hegel scholars.
doreflux
Nov 23, 2015 doreflux rated it it was amazing
Butler is spot on in giving the subject of desire a narrative (via Hegel through Foucault and Deleuze by way of Sartre). This tragi-comic figure (the subject) can only be pitied in her doggedness.
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Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. She is currently a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley.
Butler received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1984, for a dissertation subsequently publi
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