[ 2007/08/21 08:28 | by NEK ]
# Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 5, 2001)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0521796342
# ISBN-13: 978-0521796347
"Speight's book is clearly written, well argued, and nothing if not ambitious. His book marks a new point for Hegel scholarship in English." Ethics
Allen Speight argues that behind Hegel's extraordinary appeal to literature in the Phenomenology of Spirit lies a philosophical project concerned with understanding human agency in the modern world. It shows that Hegel looked to three literary genres--tragedy, comedy, and the romantic novel--as offering privileged access to three moments of human agency: retrospectivity, theatricality, and forgiveness. Taking full account of the authors that Hegel himself refers to (Sophocles, Diderot, Schlegel, Jacobi), Allen Speight has written a book with a broad appeal to both philosophers and literary theorists.