Beyond Hegel and Nietzsche

From Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought

Beyond Hegel and Nietzsche

Philosophy, Culture, and Agency

By Elliot L. Jurist





Are Hegel and Nietzsche philosophical opposites? Can twentieth-century Continental philosophers be categorized as either Hegelians or Nietzscheans? In this book Elliot Jurist places Hegel and Nietzsche in conversation with each other, reassessing their relationship in a way that affirms its complexity. Jurist examines Hegel's and Nietzsche's claim that philosophy and culture are linked and explicates the various meanings of "culture" in their work—in particular, the contrast both thinkers draw between ancient and modern culture. He evaluates their positions on the failure of modern culture and on the need to develop conceptions of satisfied agency. It is Jurist's original contribution to focus on the psychological sensibility that informs the project of both philosophers. Writing in an admirably clear style, he traces the ongoing legacy of Hegel's and Nietzsche's thought in Adorno, Habermas, Honneth, Jessica Benjamin, Heidegger, Derrida, Lacan, and Butler.


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  • At the core of many of the conflicts—indeed standoffs—that have defined intellectual debate in the last few decades, is the supposed antinomy between Hegel and Nietzsche. Hegelian defenders of intersubjectivity and Nietzschean friends of decentered subjectivity are barely on speaking terms. The great strength of Jurist's powerfully argued and extremely scholarly book is to shun this supposition, and invite us to rethink the relation between Hegel and Nietzsche in order to better defend a conception of philosophy that is sensitive to the claims of agency and culture. There is a great deal to learn from this fine book.

    Simon Critchley

  • Hegel and Nietzsche are frequently taken as defining the antithetical extremes of continental philosophy. Without neglected crucial differences, Jurist indicates how much they share in common, especially concerning the relation of philosophy to culture. He argues that their distinctive views about agency complement each other. In his perceptive investigation, how shows how, taken together, they enable us to clarify recent debates about identity, recognition, intersubjectivity, and the decentering of the self. His reflections on Adorno, Horkheimer, Habermas, Honneth, Benjamin, Lacan, Derrida, Butler, and many others are always thought-provoking. Jurist eminently succeeds in his project of moving us beyond the polarities that define so many contemporary philosophic debates.

    Richard J. Bernstein

    New School for Social Research