…as Marx “inverted” Hegel’s dialectic to “stand it on its feet”, Jameson inverts our usual image of the dialectic.
The dialectic is no longer the sign of grand systematic philosophy, like a juggernaut crushing all before it. Instead, Jameson argues that the dialectic in fact undermines the totalising claims of philosophy, making our thinking fluid again, and putting into question all our fixed intellectual signposts…
…The dialectic is not just a matter of challenging fixed thinking, but also the fixed categories of our social life.
Fredric Jameson is the author of numerous books, including Archaeologies of the Future, The Modernist Papers, A Singular Modernity and Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit is forthcoming in 2010.
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