A New German Idealism: Hegel, Zizek, and Dialectical Materialism

Author:   Adrian Johnston
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
ISBN:  

9780231183949


Pages:   376
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Format:   Hardback
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

Our Price $147.00 Quantity:  
Add to Cart

Share |

A New German Idealism: Hegel, Zizek, and Dialectical Materialism


Add your own review!

Overview

In 2012, philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Zizek published what arguably is his magnum opus, the one-thousand-page tome Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. A sizable sequel appeared in 2014, Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism. In these two books, Zizek returns to the German idealist G. W. F. Hegel in order to forge a new materialism for the twenty-first century. Zizek's reinvention of Hegelian dialectics explores perennial and contemporary concerns: humanity's relations with nature, the place of human freedom, the limits of rationality, the roles of spirituality and religion, and the prospects for radical sociopolitical change. In A New German Idealism, Adrian Johnston offers a first-of-its-kind sustained critical response to Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil. Johnston, a leading authority on and interlocutor of Zizek, assesses the recent return to Hegel against the backdrop of Kantian and post-Kantian German idealism. He also presents alternate reconstructions of Hegel's positions that differ in important respects from Zizek's version of dialectical materialism. In particular, Johnston criticizes Zizek's deviations from the secular naturalism and Enlightenment optimism of his chosen sources of inspiration: not only Hegel, but Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud too. In response, Johnston develops what he calls transcendental materialism, an antireductive and leftist materialism capable of preserving and advancing the core legacies of the Hegelian, Marxian, and Freudian traditions central to Zizek.

Full Product Details

Author:   Adrian Johnston
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.666kg
ISBN:  

9780231183949


ISBN 10:   0231183941
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   01 May 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.
Language:   English

Table of Contents

Contents Preface: Drawing Lines-Zizek's Speculative Dialectics Acknowledgments Introduction: Sublating Absolute Idealism-Zizekian Materialist Reversals 1. Freedom or System? Yes, Please! : Spinozisms of Freedom and the Post-Kantian Aftermath Then and Now 2. Where to Start?: Deflating Hegel's Deflators 3. Contingency, Pure Contingency-Without Any Further Determination: Hegelian Modalities 4. Materialism Sans Materialism: Zizekian Substance Deprived of Its Substance 5. Bartleby by Nature: German Idealism, Biology, and Zizek's Compatibilism Conclusion: Driven On-the (Meta)Dialectics of Drive and Desire Notes Bibliography Index

Reviews

A New German Idealism is the culmination of Johnston's decade-long dialogue with my work. Although we share the same basic orientation (Lacan and German idealism), we differ in some central points: Johnston privileges evolutionary biology as a scientific reference, while I privilege quantum physics. Not only am I proud to have such a highly qualified partner in the debate; I also think that, in his reaction to my work, Johnston touches on the key question of today's philosophy: how to move beyond a transcendental approach (in all its versions, inclusive of deconstruction) without retreating into naive realism (in the form of object-oriented-ontology). Johnston's new book is thus an indispensable reading for all those interested in the state of philosophy today at a time when its fate is challenged by the latest achievements in the brain sciences. In short, it is indispensable for all those who want to THINK in the authentic sense of the term.--Slavoj Zizek, author of Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil


A New German Idealism is the culmination of Johnston's decade-long dialogue with my work. Although we share the same basic orientation (Lacan and German idealism), we differ in some central points: Johnston privileges evolutionary biology as a scientific reference, while I privilege quantum physics. Not only am I proud to have such a highly qualified partner in the debate; I also think that, in his reaction to my work, Johnston touches on the key question of today's philosophy: how to move beyond a transcendental approach (in all its versions, inclusive of deconstruction) without retreating into naive realism (in the form of object-oriented ontology). Johnston's new book is thus indispensable reading for all those interested in the state of philosophy today at a time when its fate is challenged by the latest achievements in the brain sciences. In short, it is indispensable for all those who want to think in the authentic sense of the term.--Slavoj Zizek, author of Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil Ten years ago Adrian Johnston published Zizek's Ontology, a path-breaking work, the first book that dealt at length with the basic tenets of Zizek's oeuvre with all due seriousness, meticulousness, and critical perspicacity. Ten years later A New German Idealism brings not merely a much-needed updated sequel to that book, taking into account the major works that Zizek has published in the meantime, but a new critical engagement that goes further and deeper, addressing the core of the legacy of German idealism for our times. A rare case of what philosophical dialogue should be.--Mladen Dolar, University of Ljubljana Through critical dialogue with Slavoj Zizek, Johnston has developed his own original philosophical vision. Countering the temptation to ontologize negativity, Johnston roots it in the contingent facticity of conflictual organic phenomena. The result is a defiantly nonmystical dialectical materialism that manages to reconcile Darwinian naturalism with German idealism. It is a uniquely sophisticated philosophical achievement.--Ray Brassier, author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction A New German Idealism offers a crucial intervention in the contemporary theoretical scene. Zizek is perhaps the most important living philosopher, and Johnston clarifies his thought on Hegel in an incredibly lucid way, while also introducing certain points of disagreement. In this important book, Johnston is able to give a detailed history of German Idealism while always keeping a theoretical idea in the background.--Todd McGowan, author of Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets A New German Idealism marks the most important step yet in Johnston's efforts to translate Zizek's importance for philosophical thought. It is, in fact, as ambitious as Zizek's own claim to recast German Idealism for our time. Johnston's excellent understanding of the idealist tradition in Germany (as strong as his inside understanding of post-Freudian psychoanalysis!) combined with his comprehensive understanding of the recent secondary literature makes his treatment an absolutely indispensable supplement to Zizek's own work.--Thomas Paul Brockelman, author of Zizek and Heidegger: The Question Concerning Techno-Capitalism Ever since his first book, aptly titled Time Driven, Adrian Johnston in a way has been preparing himself for this summa of his philosophy. In an impressive synthesis that would take other mortals a whole lifetime to write, he brings together Hegel, Lacan, and Zizek to demonstrate that today's materialism is actually the recommencement of German Idealism.--Bruno Bosteels, author of The Actuality of Communism In almost real time, Johnston has chronicled Zizek's ground-breaking interventions in German Idealism with just enough distance to permit them to take hold of our imaginations and gather questions. As Zizek's recent work enters a profound new phase, Johnston demonstrates here that he is up to the challenges it presents. Combining clear, pedagogical appreciation with healthy doses of friendly fire, A New German Idealism unravels the work of one of the most important thinkers of our time in more ways than one. Not just a primer, but a stand-alone work of its own.--Joan Copjec, author of Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists


A New German Idealism is the culmination of Johnston's decade-long dialogue with my work. Although we share the same basic orientation (Lacan and German idealism), we differ in some central points: Johnston privileges evolutionary biology as a scientific reference, while I privilege quantum physics. Not only am I proud to have such a highly qualified partner in the debate; I also think that, in his reaction to my work, Johnston touches on the key question of today's philosophy: how to move beyond a transcendental approach (in all its versions, inclusive of deconstruction) without retreating into naive realism (in the form of object-oriented ontology). Johnston's new book is thus indispensable reading for all those interested in the state of philosophy today at a time when its fate is challenged by the latest achievements in the brain sciences. In short, it is indispensable for all those who want to think in the authentic sense of the term.--Slavoj Zizek, author of Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil Ten years ago Adrian Johnston published Zizek's Ontology, a path-breaking work, the first book that dealt at length with the basic tenets of Zizek's oeuvre with all due seriousness, meticulousness, and critical perspicacity. Ten years later A New German Idealism brings not merely a much-needed updated sequel to that book, taking into account the major works that Zizek has published in the meantime, but a new critical engagement that goes further and deeper, addressing the core of the legacy of German idealism for our times. A rare case of what philosophical dialogue should be.--Mladen Dolar, University of Ljubljana A New German Idealism marks the most important step yet in Johnston's efforts to translate Zizek's importance for philosophical thought. It is, in fact, as ambitious as Zizek's own claim to recast German Idealism for our time. Johnston's excellent understanding of the idealist tradition in Germany (as strong as his inside understanding of post-Freudian psychoanalysis!) combined with his comprehensive understanding of the recent secondary literature makes his treatment an absolutely indispensable supplement to Zizek's own work.--Thomas Paul Brockelman, author of Zizek and Heidegger: The Question Concerning Techno-Capitalism A New German Idealism offers a crucial intervention in the contemporary theoretical scene. Zizek is perhaps the most important living philosopher, and Johnston clarifies his thought on Hegel in an incredibly lucid way, while also introducing certain points of disagreement. In this important book, Johnston is able to give a detailed history of German Idealism while always keeping a theoretical idea in the background.--Todd McGowan, author of Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets Ever since his first book, aptly titled Time Driven, Adrian Johnston in a way has been preparing himself for this summa of his philosophy. In an impressive synthesis that would take other mortals a whole lifetime to write, he brings together Hegel, Lacan, and Zizek to demonstrate that today's materialism is actually the recommencement of German Idealism.--Bruno Bosteels, author of The Actuality of Communism Through critical dialogue with Slavoj Zizek, Johnston has developed his own original philosophical vision. Countering the temptation to ontologize negativity, Johnston roots it in the contingent facticity of conflictual organic phenomena. The result is a defiantly nonmystical dialectical materialism that manages to reconcile Darwinian naturalism with German idealism. It is a uniquely sophisticated philosophical achievement.--Ray Brassier, author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction In almost real time, Johnston has chronicled Zizek's ground-breaking interventions in German Idealism with just enough distance to permit them to take hold of our imaginations and gather questions. As Zizek's recent work enters a profound new phase, Johnston demonstrates here that he is up to the challenges it presents. Combining clear, pedagogical appreciation with healthy doses of friendly fire, A New German Idealism unravels the work of one of the most important thinkers of our time in more ways than one. Not just a primer, but a stand-alone work of its own.--Joan Copjec, author of Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists


A New German Idealism is the culmination of Johnston's decade-long dialogue with my work. Although we share the same basic orientation (Lacan and German idealism), we differ in some central points: Johnston privileges evolutionary biology as a scientific reference, while I privilege quantum physics. Not only am I proud to have such a highly qualified partner in the debate; I also think that, in his reaction to my work, Johnston touches on the key question of today's philosophy: how to move beyond a transcendental approach (in all its versions, inclusive of deconstruction) without retreating into naive realism (in the form of object-oriented ontology). Johnston's new book is thus indispensable reading for all those interested in the state of philosophy today at a time when its fate is challenged by the latest achievements in the brain sciences. In short, it is indispensable for all those who want to think in the authentic sense of the term.--Slavoj Zizek, author of Less Than Nothing and Absolute Recoil Ten years ago Adrian Johnston published Zizek's Ontology, a path-breaking work, the first book that dealt at length with the basic tenets of Zizek's oeuvre with all due seriousness, meticulousness, and critical perspicacity. Ten years later A New German Idealism brings not merely a much-needed updated sequel to that book, taking into account the major works that Zizek has published in the meantime, but a new critical engagement that goes further and deeper, addressing the core of the legacy of German idealism for our times. A rare case of what philosophical dialogue should be.--Mladen Dolar, University of Ljubljana A New German Idealism marks the most important step yet in Johnston's efforts to translate Zizek's importance for philosophical thought. It is, in fact, as ambitious as Zizek's own claim to recast German Idealism for our time. Johnston's excellent understanding of the idealist tradition in Germany (as strong as his inside understanding of post-Freudian psychoanalysis!) combined with his comprehensive understanding of the recent secondary literature makes his treatment an absolutely indispensable supplement to Zizek's own work.--Thomas Paul Brockelman, author of Zizek and Heidegger: The Question Concerning Techno-Capitalism Through critical dialogue with Slavoj Zizek, Johnston has developed his own original philosophical vision. Countering the temptation to ontologize negativity, Johnston roots it in the contingent facticity of conflictual organic phenomena. The result is a defiantly nonmystical dialectical materialism that manages to reconcile Darwinian naturalism with German idealism. It is a uniquely sophisticated philosophical achievement.--Ray Brassier, author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction A New German Idealism offers a crucial intervention in the contemporary theoretical scene. Zizek is perhaps the most important living philosopher, and Johnston clarifies his thought on Hegel in an incredibly lucid way, while also introducing certain points of disagreement. In this important book, Johnston is able to give a detailed history of German Idealism while always keeping a theoretical idea in the background.--Todd McGowan, author of Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets Ever since his first book, aptly titled Time Driven, Adrian Johnston in a way has been preparing himself for this summa of his philosophy. In an impressive synthesis that would take other mortals a whole lifetime to write, he brings together Hegel, Lacan, and Zizek to demonstrate that today's materialism is actually the recommencement of German Idealism.--Bruno Bosteels, author of The Actuality of Communism In almost real time, Johnston has chronicled Zizek's ground-breaking interventions in German Idealism with just enough distance to permit them to take hold of our imaginations and gather questions. As Zizek's recent work enters a profound new phase, Johnston demonstrates here that he is up to the challenges it presents. Combining clear, pedagogical appreciation with healthy doses of friendly fire, A New German Idealism unravels the work of one of the most important thinkers of our time in more ways than one. Not just a primer, but a stand-alone work of its own.--Joan Copjec, author of Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists


Author Information

Adrian Johnston is Distinguished Professor in and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico and is a faculty member at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta. His many books include Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008); Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, vol. 1: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy (2013); and, with Catherine Malabou, Self and Emotional Life: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience (2013, Columbia University Press). With Todd McGowan and Slavoj Zizek, he is a coeditor of the book series Diaeresis at Northwestern University Press.

Tab Content 6

Author Website:  

Customer Reviews

Recent Reviews

No review item found!

Add your own review!

Countries Available

All regions
Latest Reading Guide

Father's Day Reading Guide

Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty
Shopping cart
Mailing List