Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics (2020)

Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics Shadia B. Drury Alexandre Kojeve The Roots of Postmodern Politics Alexandre Kojve was Hegel s most famous interpreter reading Hegel through the eyes of Marx and Heidegger simultaneously The result was a wild if not hypnotic mlange of ideas In this book D
  • Title: Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics
  • Author: Shadia B. Drury
  • ISBN: 9780312120924
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics Shadia B. Drury Alexandre Kojve 1902 1968 was Hegel s most famous interpreter, reading Hegel through the eyes of Marx and Heidegger simultaneously The result was a wild if not hypnotic mlange of ideas In this book, Drury reveals the nature of Kojve s Hegelianism and the extraordinary influence it has had on French postmodernists on the left Raymond Queneau, Georges Bataille, and MichAlexandre Kojve 1902 1968 was Hegel s most famous interpreter, reading Hegel through the eyes of Marx and Heidegger simultaneously The result was a wild if not hypnotic mlange of ideas In this book, Drury reveals the nature of Kojve s Hegelianism and the extraordinary influence it has had on French postmodernists on the left Raymond Queneau, Georges Bataille, and Michel Foucault and American postmodernists on the right Leo Strauss, Allan Bloom, and Francis Fukuyama According to Drury, Kojve followed Hegel in thinking that reason has triumphed in the course of history, but it is a cold, soulless, instrumental, and uninspired rationalism that has conquered and disenchanted the world Drury maintains that Kojve s conception of modernity as the fateful triumph of this arid rationality is the cornerstone of postmodern thought Kojve s picture of the world gives birth to a dark romanticism that manifests itself in a profound nostalgia for what reason has banished myth, madness, disorder, spontaneity, instinct, passion, and virility In Drury s view, these ideas romanticize the gratuitous violence and irrationalism that characterize the postmodern world.
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One thought on “Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics

  1. AC

    I ll give this four stars, though I really intend to give it only three and a half The book is pretty good and it is useful I have a special need for it, since I am surrounded in the Academy or at least, in MY academy , where I often feel like the last gasp of the Enlightenment myself with people who are inspired if that s the word by thinkers like Strauss and Koj ve , ideas that I, quite frankly, despise I ve not read Koj ve at first hand and so cannot comment, but Strauss is a writer that I ha [...]

  2. Mike

    I ve labored through two of Drury s books now, and I think I can say with confidence that Drury is a terrible reader of both Koj ve and Strauss, as well as being a shallow and tendentious writer In short, she s a hack She repeatedly falls into the cheap, journalistic trap of drawing ridiculously simplistic causal pictures, in which complex ideological and sociopolitical realities are reduced to dimensionless shadow plays Honestly, her hamfisted conclusions consist of nothing but trite laments, r [...]

  3. Paul Rhodes

    Professor s Drury s argument is that post modernism is a reaction to Kojeve s End of History Thesis which holds that once the substantive global struggle over ideology is over, we will have nothing but a tyranny of number crunching reason We will have nothing but a civilization of commerce, trade, and accountant So, the post moderns enter and say, well, if this is what reason brings, the dull, complacent life of bean counters, then to hell with reason, let s bring down reason and replace it with [...]

  4. Andrew Schirmer

    I haven t yet read Koj ve s lectures on Hegel, so I can t comment on her fealty or accuracy, though the polemical tone throughout this compact and readable guide raised my eyebrow a few times Essentially, this book purports to analyze Koj ve s interpretations of Hegel and their influence on other influencers in France and in the United States Drury should write a book on Hegel her lucidity and memorable metaphors make ideas stick.

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