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 Kojève, 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.
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