Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics PDF

Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics ❰KINDLE❯ ❄ Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics Author 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 Dru Alexandre Kojve was Hegel's most famous The Roots eBook ↠ 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 ueneau Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault and American postmodernists on the right Leo Strauss Allan Bloom and Francis Fukuyama According to Drury Alexandre Kojeve: ePUB í 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 conuered 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 Kojeve: The Roots PDF/EPUB ê disorder spontaneity instinct passion and virility In Drury's view these ideas romanticize the gratuitous violence and irrationalism that characterize the postmodern world.

6 thoughts on “Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics

  1. AC AC says:

    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 Kojève ideas that I uite frankly despise I’ve not read Kojève at first hand and so cannot comment but Strauss is a writer that I have had to read and one that has not one redeeming feature in my opinion Needless to say what he writes has NOTHING to do from a scholarly point of view with Plato or with ANY of the philosophers he writes aboutIt’s not only that their politics are repulsive – Strauss in my opinion is unuestionably a fascist of some sort – but that the very categories in which they present their analyses are of little value Their language is all wrong Marx is useful for example even when he’s off the wall; but Strauss is useless even when he’s rightThis particular book is good as I’ve said; but not nearly as good – nor as rigorously analytical – as her Strauss book The Politics of Leo Strauss That one is really masterful If it’s a tedious read it’s only because Strauss himself is tedious and the book sticks closely to an analysis of Strauss But it repays careful studies in multiples This one by contrast reads almost like a collection of set pieces written at different times with the Kojève piece being the longest and the anchor of the collection The other pieces deal with Bataille Foucault Strauss Bloom and Fukuyama It is all uite familiar stuff and these pieces are themselves somewhat fragmentary not systematic or complete – undertaken entirely from the point of view of her departure Kojève’s analysis of the end of history Moreover and what is worse she cannot restrain herself from offering asides – some amounting to little than snark Success has gone to her headShe also takes a big risk here – and I have to uestion the wisdom of it – of interpreting Kojève almost entirely in the light of his premises and then arguing that as his conclusions do not in her opinion follow from those premises they can safely be ignored The Kojève she presents is thus the antithesis of the Kojève that Kojève himself often presents as Drury admits This is a methodologically dubious position to maintainOn the other hand I am uite sympathetic to her general position on these figures These are writers who put me in mind of a single phrase intellectual onanism An image which I can’t get out of my head whenever I think of Leo Strauss is this one of WolfowitzAnyway I personally get little from reading these types of writers At least Drury makes the unpalatable or less palatable Hence the extra just barely deserved star

  2. Mike Mike says:

    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 Kojève 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 rhetorical scare tactics and an extensive appeal to guilt by association It's very unfortunate given that the topics she seems inclined to write about eg Strauss's influence on American neoconservative thought Kojève's strange popularity among elements of both the radical left and the radical right are uite interesting Yet Drury in all her fury consistently manages to cast no illumination whatsoever Rather she obscures the topics almost entirely

  3. Paul Rhodes Paul Rhodes says:

    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 insanity and lots of kinky transgressive sex This is a persuasive account of post modernism I must admit and also provides to my mind the best explanation of why the Straussian cabal in the Bush Administration got us into the Ira War They did not just want the oil they wanted to relieve the inevitable boredom of Kojevean globalization by killing lots and lots of Irais The Ira War gives the Straussians meaning in precisely the same way the casual murder of an anonymous Arab gave Mersault meaning The Straussians are dangerous post modern wackoesAs for the trangressive sex I have no doubt that Wolfowitz was buggering both Rumsfeld and RoveI might have to say about Drury's book later

  4. Andrew Schirmer Andrew Schirmer says:

    I haven't yet read Kojève'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 Kojève'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

  5. Apxayyelos Apxayyelos says:

    A persuasive book about an relatively obscure philosopher and the hell that he made

  6. Jeff Samuelson Jeff Samuelson says:

    Finally a writer that can make Kojeve Hegel and Heidegger comprehensible to me Would give 6 stars if possible

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