Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (Paperback)
This classic work by one of the most important philosophers and critics of our time charts the genesis and trajectory of the desiring subject from Hegel's formulation in Phenomenology of Spirit to its appropriation by Koj ve, Hyppolite, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze, and Foucault. Judith Butler plots the French reception of Hegel and the successive challenges waged against his metaphysics and view of the subject, all while revealing ambiguities within his position. The result is a sophisticated reconsideration of the post-Hegelian tradition that has predominated in modern French thought, and her study remains a provocative and timely intervention in contemporary debates over the unconscious, the powers of subjection, and the subject.
Judith Butler is the Maxine Eliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her books include Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism; The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere; Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; and Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death. Philippe Sabot is lecturer in philosophy at the Charles De Gaulle University-Lille 3 in Lille, France.