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Valences of the Dialectic

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After half a century exploring dialectical thought, renowned cultural critic Fredric Jameson presents a comprehensive study of a misrepresented, vital strain in Western philosophy. The dialectic, the concept of the evolution of an idea through internal contradiction and conflict, transformed two centuries of Western philosophy. To Hegel, who dominated nineteenth-century th ...more
Hardcover, 625 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by Verso (first published January 5th 2008)
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Carl
Apr 18, 2010 marked it as to-read
inspired to read this by review at London Review of Books.
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Should be kept as a reference guide on your shelf. Way more than you should reasonably go through in one sitting. Best to pick and choose in order to have the context (in relation to other -isms) for a particular subject, all vetted by the authority of mature Marxism. The section on ideology (actually once a pamphlet) was an amazing organization of so many theories on ideology, all presented nicely. As nicely as Eagleton in "literary theory". The introductory chapter on dialectics was also reall ...more
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I think I will have to re-read this to truly appreciate it, because this is a project of such magnitude that I feel like I am only starting to grasp parts of it now, after finishing his work. It is definitely worth studying and coming back to though, because it is such an expansive exploration of Hegel's dialectics and what it might mean for our time, and specifically for Marxism in our time...it's wonderful. I guess I haven't seen the last of Jameson yet!
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Fredric Jameson (born 14 April 1934) is an American literary critic and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends—he once described postmodernism as the spatialization of culture under the pressure of organized capitalism. Jameson's best-known books include Postmodernism: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Political Unconscious, and Marxi ...more