Hegel contra Schlegel; Kierkegaard contra De Man

PMLA 124 (1):107-126 (2009)
Abstract
At the turn of the nineteenth century, Friedrich Schlegel developed an influential theory of irony that anticipated some of the central concerns of postmodernity. His most vocal contemporary critic, the philosopher Hegel, sought to demonstrate that Schlegel’s theory of irony tacitly relied on certain problematic aspects of Fichte’s philosophy. While Schlegel’s theory of irony has generated seemingly endless commentary in recent critical discourse, Hegel’s critique of Schlegelian irony has gone neglected. This essay’s primary aim is to defend Hegel’s critique of Schlegel by isolating irony’s underlying Fichtean epistemology. Drawing on Søren Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Irony in the final section of this essay, I argue that Hegel’s critique of irony can motivate a dialectical hermeneutics that offers a powerful alternative both to Paul de Man’s poststructuralist hermeneutics and to recent cultural-studies-oriented criticism that tends to reduce literary texts to sociohistorical epiphenomena.
Keywords Hegel  Friedrich Schlegel  Irony  Romanticism  Kierkegaard  Paul de Man  intuition  Fichte
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index Translate to english
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,377
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Similar books and articles
Barry Stocker (2007). The Novel and Hegel's Philosophy of Literature. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:43-48.
Brad Frazier (2004). Kierkegaard on the Problems of Pure Irony. Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (3):417 - 447.
Paul Muench (2009). Socratic Irony, Plato's Apology, and Kierkegaard's On the Concept of Irony. In Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Hermann Deuser & K. Brian Söderquist (eds.), Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook. de Gruyter. 71-125.
Brad Frazier (2004). Kierkegaard on Mastered Irony. International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (4):465-479.
Daniel Watts (2010). Subjective Thinking: Kierkegaard on Hegel's Socrates. Hegel Bulletin of Great Britain 61 (Spring / Summer):23-44.
Eric L. Weislogel (1992). Schlegel's Irony. Idealistic Studies 22 (3):203-213.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-03-14

Total downloads

5 ( #179,206 of 1,089,422 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #70,858 of 1,089,422 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.