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Hegel's Rabble: An Investigation into Hegel's Philosophy of Right - Continuum Studies in Philosophy (Hardback)
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Hegel's Rabble: An Investigation into Hegel's Philosophy of Right - Continuum Studies in Philosophy (Hardback)

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In Hegel's Rabble, Frank Ruda identifies and explores a crucial problem in the Hegelian philosophy of right that strikes at the heart of Hegel's conception of the state. This singular problem, which Ruda argues is the problem of Hegelian political thought, appears in Hegel's text only in a seemingly marginal form under the name of the "rabble": a particular side-effect of the dialectical deduction of the necessity of the existence of state from the contradictory constitution of civil society. Working out from a thorough analysis of this problem and drawing on contemporary discussions in the work of such thinkers as Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Slavoj Zizek, the book proceeds to re-examine and reconstruct Hegel's entire political project. Ruda goes on to argue that only by re-thinking this problem of the rabble' in Hegel's thought the only problem Hegel is able neither to resolve nor to sublate can the early Marxian conception of the proletariat' be properly understood. The book closes with an Afterword from Slavoj Zizek.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441156938
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 512 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


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Hegel'sRabble offers the first systematic analysis of this most symptomatic andintractable figure in Hegel's philosophy, and through its reformulation of therelation between impoverishment and empowerment - the relation that leads fromLuther's pauper to Hegel's rabble to Marx's proletariat - Ruda's book explodesthe illusions that still mystify the contemporary valorization of 'civilsociety', and reframes our whole understanding of poverty, class, and therevolutionary pursuit of equality.--,
A remarkably incisive and powerful intervention into to question of the relationship between philosophy and politics. Taking the supposedly marginal notion of the "rabble" from Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Ruda elevates it to the status of a proper, yet paradoxical philosophical category. Paradoxical, because it marks a fundamental irritation of philosophy by politics, and calls for the transformation of the former. Relating this transformation to the passage from Marx to Hegel, Ruda revisits this passage from a highly original and non-standard perspective, allowing for important contemporary philosophical debates of politics to resonate in it. An extremely compelling and original philosophical work, it is on its way to becoming a classical reference in future philosophy-politics debates.--Sanford Lakoff
Hegel's Rabble offers the first systematic analysis of this most symptomatic and intractable figure in Hegel's philosophy, and through its reformulation of the relation between impoverishment and empowerment - the relation that leads from Luther's pauper to Hegel's rabble to Marx's proletariat - Ruda's book explodes the illusions that still mystify the contemporary valorization of 'civil society', and reframes our whole understanding of poverty, class, and the revolutionary pursuit of equality.--Sanford Lakoff

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