Pleroma: reading in Hegel

Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press (1998)
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Since Hegel, philosophy cannot stop thinking its end. The violent transformation that Hegel's philosophy uncovered and caused in the structure of philosophical terms and in the terms under which philosophy is possible is Hamacher's topic. Starting from Hegel's commentaries on biblical scripture, Hamacher traces the genealogy and unfolding of Hegel's thought into his mature works - the Phenomenology of Spirit, the Encyclopedia, the Philosophy of History - focusing throughout on the limits and excesses of its conceptual and textual movements. Bacause the concept for Hegel is the end of the thing - the point where it peaks - because it emerges by severing itself from its representational content, the discursive articulation of the concept bears the traces of this splitting. The Hegelian text is punctuated by a series of terms and topics that operate according to the logic of the turning point: every term releases its opposite, thus operating as pores between mutually exclusive experiences and establishing their unity. This dialectical procedure falters, its unity dissolves, the pores turn into aporias, wherever conceptual exigencies surpass the reality they have engendered. Hamacher shows that dialectics, proceeding by way of aporias, remains unable to account for its own movement. Hegel's system must be read from the point where its rupture fails to converge with its end.



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