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The Birth of Theory
Author: Andrew Cole

ISBN: 9780226135427
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 May 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:
Modern theory needs a history lesson. Neither Marx nor Nietzsche first gave us theoryHegel did. To support this contention, Andrew Cole'sThe Birth of Theory presents a refreshingly clear and lively account of the origins and legacy of Hegel's dialectic as theory. Cole explains how Hegel boldly broke from modern philosophy when he adopted medieval dialectical habits of thought to fashion his own dialectic. While his contemporaries rejected premodern dialectic as outdated dogma, Hegel embraced both its emphasis on language as thought and its fascination with the categories of identity and difference, creating what we now recognize as theory, distinct from systematic philosophy. Not content merely to change philosophy, Hegel also used this dialectic to expose the persistent archaism of modern life itself, Cole shows, establishing a method of social analysis that has influenced everyone from Marx and the nineteenth-century Hegelians, to Nietzsche and Bakhtin, all the way to Deleuze and Jameson.
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