A comprehensive analysis of the philosophy of the dialectic by the doyen of cultural criticism. One of the most accomplished literary and cultural critics in the world, Fredric Jameson returns to the philosophy of the dialectic in a grand and nuanced study of the concept and those who have developed it. The question of the dialectic remains at the center of contemporary theoretical debates: Is it Hegelian and idealistic? To what degree is it central to Marxism? Is a materialist dialectic really possible? How damaging are the "poststructuralist" critiques of the dialectic by Deleuze, Laclau, and Mouffe?Valences of the Dialecticaddresses these questions, and studies individual thinkers both dialectical and anti-dialectical, from Hegel and Fichte to Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida, Deleuze, and Lacan.
No preview available - 2008 - 320 pages