Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution (Cultural by Rebecca Comay

By Rebecca Comay

This publication explores Hegel's reaction to the French progressive Terror and its effect on Germany. Like a lot of his contemporaries, Hegel used to be struck by way of the seeming parallel among the political upheaval in France and the upheaval in German philosophy inaugurated through the Protestant Reformation and taken to a climax by means of German Idealism. Many thinkers reasoned political revolution will be pointless in Germany, simply because this highbrow "revolution" had preempted it. Having already been via its personal cataclysm, Germany will be in a position to extract the strength of the Revolution and channel its radicalism into suggestion. Hegel comes on the subject of making such an issue too. yet he additionally deals a strong research of the way this sort of secondhand historical past will get generated within the first position, and exhibits what's stake. this is often what makes him uniquely attention-grabbing between his contemporaries: he demonstrates how a fable may be concurrently deconstructed and enjoyed.

Mourning Sickness offers a brand new studying of Hegel within the gentle of up to date theories of historic trauma. It explores the ways that significant ancient occasions are skilled vicariously, and the fantasies we use to make feel of them. Comay brings Hegel into relation with the main burning modern discussions round disaster, witness, reminiscence, and the position of tradition in shaping political experience.

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