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In this path-breaking work, Susan Buck-Morss draws new connections between history, inequality, social conflict, and human emancipation. She offers a fundamental reinterpretation of Hegel's master-slave dialectic and points to a way forward to free critical theoretical practice from the prison-house of its own debates. Historicizing the thought of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and the actions taken in the Haitian Revolution, Buck-Morss examines the startling connections between the two and challenges us to widen the boundaries of our historical imagination. She finds that it is in the discontinuities of historical flow, the edges of human experience, and the unexpected linkages between cultures that the possibility to transcend limits is discovered. It is these flashes of clarity that open the potential for understanding in spite of cultural differences. What Buck-Morss proposes amounts to a “new humanism,” one that goes beyond the usual ideological implications of such a phrase to embrace a radical neutrality that insists on the permeability of the space between opposing sides and as it reaches for a common humanity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. TItle Page, Copyright
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Part One: HEGEL AND HAITI
  2. p. 1
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  1. INTRODUCTION TO PART ONE
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. HEGEL AND HAITI
  2. pp. 21-76
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  1. Part Two: Universal History
  2. p. 77
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  1. INTRODUCTIONTO PART TWO: UNIVERSAL HISTORY
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. UNIVERSAL HISTORY
  2. pp. 87-152
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 153-164
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822973348
Related ISBN
9780822959786
MARC Record
OCLC
794702154
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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