Grand Hotel Abyss
Desire, Recognition and the Restoration of the Subject
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In the last two decades recognition - arguably one of the most central notions of the dialectical tradition since Hegel - has once again become a crucial philosophical theme. Nevertheless, the new theories of recognition fail to provide room for reflection on transformation processes in politics and morality.
This book aims to recover the disruptive nature of the dialectical tradition by means of a severe critique of the dominance of an anthropology of the individual identity in contemporary theories of recognition. This critique implies a thorough rethinking of basic concepts such as desire, negativity, will and drive, with Hegel, Lacan and Adorno being our main guides.
The Marxist philosopher György Lukács said that the Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, etc.) left us with nothing but negativity towards the state of the world. Their work failed to open up a concrete possibility of practical engagement in this world. All too eager to describe the impasses of reason, the Frankfurt philosphers remained trapped in a metaphorical Grand Hotel Abyss (Grand Hotel Abgrund). It was as living and being guardian of lettered civilization in a beautiful and melancholy grand hotel, of which the balconies face a gaping abyss.
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Format: Monograph - paperback
Size: 240 × 160 mm
Publication: February 3, 2016
Series: Figures of the Unconscious 15
Stock item number: 106827
Vladimir Safatle is professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. - http://filosofia.fflch.usp.br/en/professors/safatle
He is responsible for the Portuguese edition of 'Theodor Adorno's Complete Work' and coordinator of the Laboratory of Social Theory, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. He was invited-professor at the universities of Paris VII, Paris VIII, Toulouse, Louvain, responsible for seminars at the Collège International de Philosophy and fellow of the Stellenbosch Intitute of Advanced Studies (South Africa). He is the author of 'La passion du négatif: Lacan et la dialectique (Georg Olms, 2010)' and several books in Portuguese and Spanish about critical theory, psychoanalysis, politics and philosophy of music.
He has a weekly column in the newspaper 'Folha de São Paulo' - http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/vladimirsafatle/