Mythology, Madness, and Laughter

Mythology, Madness, and Laughter : Subjectivity in German Idealism

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This is a hugely important book that rediscovers three crucial, but long overlooked themes in German idealism: mythology, madness and laughter. "Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism" explores some long neglected but crucial themes in German idealism. Markus Gabriel, one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary philosophy, and Slavoj Zizek, the celebrated contemporary philosopher and cultural critic, show how these themes impact on the problematic relations between being and appearance, reflection and the absolute, insight and ideology, contingency and necessity, subjectivity, truth, habit and freedom. Engaging with three central figures of the German idealist movement, Hegel, Schelling and Fichte, Gabriel and Zizek, who here shows himself to be one of the most erudite and important scholars of German idealism, ask how is it possible for Being to appear in reflection without falling back into traditional metaphysics.
By applying idealistic theories of reflection and concrete subjectivity, including the problem of madness and everydayness in Hegel, this hugely important book aims to reinvigorate a philosophy of finitude and contingency, topics at the forefront of contemporary European philosophy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1441191054
  • 9781441191052
  • 359,490

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The Mythological Being of Reflection: Hegel and Schelling; 2. Fichte's Laughter; 3. Madness, Habit and Freedom in German Idealism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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"German post-Kantian idealism was designed to effectuate a shift from epistemology to a new ontology, but without simply regressing to pre-critical metaphysics, contend Gabriel and Zizek. They locate the gap between the alleged absolute thing-in-itself and the relative phenomenal world within the absolute itself. It is a crucial duty of contemporary post-Kantian idealism, to make sense of this shift, they say, in order to contribute to the overcoming of epistemology as prima philosophia. Hegel and Fichte are the idealist figures they concentrate most on." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc. "Zizek (Univ. of Ljublijana, Slovenia) offers two short essays, on Hegel and Fichte, which provide the same brisk thought-provoking blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, German idealism, and popular culture familiar to readers of his other works." -Choice 'Sheer intellectual exuberance' - Journal of European Studies Reviewed in The European Legacy, Vol. 16, No. 4
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About Dr Markus Gabriel

Markus Gabriel is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, USA. He has published a number of books and journal articles in German, including Der Mensch im Mythos (De Gruyter, 2006) and Das Absolute und die Welt in Schellings Freiheitsschrift (Bonn University Press, 2006). Slavoj Zizek is one of the world's leading contemporary cultural critics and a hugely prolific author. He is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York, America.
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