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After half a century exploring dialectical thought, renowned cultural critic Fredric Jameson presents a comprehensive study of a misrepresented, vital strain in Western philosophy. The dialectic, the concept of the evolution of an idea through internal contradiction and conflict, transformed two centuries of Western philosophy. To Hegel, who dominated nineteenth-century th After half a century exploring dialectical thought, renowned cultural critic Fredric Jameson presents a comprehensive study of a misrepresented, vital strain in Western philosophy.
To Hegel, who dominated nineteenth-century thought, it was a metaphysical system. In the works of Marx, the dialectic became a tool for materialist historical analysis, a theoretical maneuver that his critics derided and his descendants on the Left have wrestled with ever since.
Jameson brings a theoretical scrutiny to bear on the questions that have arisen in the history of this philosophical tradition, contextualizing the debate with essays on commodification and globalization, and with reference to the work of Rousseau, Fichte, Heidegger, Sartre, Derrida, and Lacan. Jameson presents a new synthesis of thought that revitalizes dialectical thinking for the twenty-first century.
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To ask other readers questions about Valences of the Dialectic , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Valences of the Dialectic. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Valences of the Dialectic. Fred's pretty good in this one yeah. Apr 18, Carl marked it as to-read Shelves: criticism , nonliterature , nonfiction.
View 1 comment. Jul 29, Aung Myat Minn rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy , the-revolutionaries. This is a magnificent book. The remainder of the book is then a range of essays, often previously published elsewhere, which implement and expand on the use of dialectics across a range of p This is a magnificent book. The remainder of the book is then a range of essays, often previously published elsewhere, which implement and expand on the use of dialectics across a range of philosophical and revolutionary areas of interest.
Throughout Jameson is keen to emphasise the analytical side of Marx, and to avoid the retrofitting of philosophical 'systems' structuralism, existentialism etc. In this sense Jameson takes the same stance as David Harvey who in his work on Capital encourages us to read it on Marx's own terms. Much of this fascinating and extremely thought provoking. It is not however a basic introduction to dialectics, and you are I think best served coming to this book with at least something of an idea of what it is all about.
Some - particularly the final two chapters based on literary criticism - is quite dense reading. There is an extended discussion of spectrality based on the work of Derrida which is masterful, and quite an achievement to have unpicked from Derrida's impenetrable work. Jameson also discussed Lukacs in some depth, and does a good job of rehabilitating his concepts of reification and totality as key themes. He also provides a convincing exposition of 'false consciousness' which belies the standard use by the worst of vulgar Marxism.
The final analysis of time, narrative, and history is hard work but worthwhile for understanding the complexity involved in time as a category. This book then is a description of the dialectical method, but more than that it is the detailed and expert use of that method in a range of insightful analyses. More than anything it is inspiring for the continued value and use of dialectics in thinking about the modern world.
Should be kept as a reference guide on your shelf. Way more than you should reasonably go through in one sitting. Best to pick and choose in order to have the context in relation to other -isms for a particular subject, all vetted by the authority of mature Marxism.
The section on ideology actually once a pamphlet was an amazing organization of so many theories on ideology, all presented nicely. As nicely as Eagleton in "literary theory". The introductory chapter on dialectics was also reall Should be kept as a reference guide on your shelf.
The introductory chapter on dialectics was also really good. But man, do I really need more pages on Hegel? Apr 18, Will K rated it really liked it Shelves: critical-theory.
Feb 01, Berit rated it liked it Shelves: essays-pamphlets-criticism , nonfiction. I think I will have to re-read this to truly appreciate it, because this is a project of such magnitude that I feel like I am only starting to grasp parts of it now, after finishing his work.
It is definitely worth studying and coming back to though, because it is such an expansive exploration of Hegel's dialectics and what it might mean for our time, and specifically for Marxism in our time I guess I haven't seen the last of Jameson yet! Sep 06, Robert Jr. Ian rated it really liked it Aug 20, Joe rated it really liked it Jul 12, Tapji Garba rated it liked it Oct 19, Tim J rated it liked it Sep 06, Ian Stone rated it it was amazing Mar 30, SirriCan rated it really liked it Sep 28, Daniel Ernst rated it really liked it Dec 31, Brigadeiro rated it it was amazing Apr 27, Nick rated it really liked it Dec 25, Adam Benden rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Jin rated it really liked it Feb 01, Jess rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Grant rated it really liked it Apr 08, Ziad rated it really liked it Feb 02, Saba Kokhreidze rated it it was amazing Aug 11, PW rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Daniel Collins rated it really liked it Oct 02, Stephen rated it liked it Jul 15, Ryan Smith rated it liked it Jan 01, David Benbow rated it really liked it Jul 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Fredric Jameson. Fredric Jameson. Fredric Jameson is an American literary critic and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends—he once described postmodernism as the spatialization of culture under the pressure of organized capitalism.
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The bracing early chapters of Valences of the Dialectic return to us the useful Hegel, not the thinker of the One of teleology, of identity, of the ultimate return of every difference into the monotony of the same , but rather the unrelenting and almost impossibly rigorous thinker of the Two, of the fundamental unrest and instability neither the yin and yang of complementarity, nor the static field of binary opposition, nor yet the aporetic abyss of the antinomy, each one of these being rather a disguise for the thought of the One that dissolves every certainty in contradiction and propels it forward into something else which is not, from its own perspective, conceivable. Of course, these two Hegels, the thinker of the One and of the Two, are the same Hegel, viewed under different and contradictory aspects. The formula looks like our everyday stereotype of the Hegelian procedure: the submission of Difference to the rule of Identity. The key moment here is that of structuralism and the discovery of binary opposition as a generative principle of meaning and, in a negative corollary, as the very form of ideology and error. This then permits a new staging of the emergence of the dialectic.
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