1st Edition

French Hegel From Surrealism to Postmodernism

By Bruce Baugh Copyright 2003
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    This highly original history of ideas considers the impact of Hegel on French philosophy from the 1920s to the present. As Baugh's lucid narrative makes clear, Hegel's influence on French philosophy has been profound, and can be traced through all the major intellectual movements and thinkers in France throughout the 20th Century from Jean Wahl, Sartre, and Bataille to Foucault, Deleuze, and Derrida. Baugh focuses on Hegel's idea of the unhappy consciousness, and provides a bold new account of Hegel's early reception in French intellectual history.

    Introduction. French Hegel and the Unhappy Consciousness Chapter 1. The anthropological turn Chapter 2. Pantragicism Chapter 3. The existential protest: Wahl and Fondane Chapter 4. The uses of negativity: Breton and Lefebvre Chapter 5. Bataille: negativity unemployed Chapter 6. The unhappy consciousness in Sartre's philosophy Chapter 7. The persistence of the unhappy consciousness: Derrida Chapter 8. Beyond Hegel? Deleuze, Foucault and the new empiricism Conclusion. The career of the unhappy consciousness in France Notes Select Bibliography Index


    Bruce Baugh is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University College of Cariboo.