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The Birth of Theory

Andrew Cole


Modern theory needs a history lesson. Neither Marx nor Nietzsche first gave us theory. Hegel did. To support this contention, The Birth of Theory presents a refreshingly clear and lively account of the origins and legacy of Hegel’s dialectic as theory. It begins with the untold story about Hegel, who boldly broke from modern philosophy when he adopted medieval dialectical habits of thought to fashion his dialectic. While his contemporaries rejected premodern dialectic as outdated dogma, Hegel embraced both its emphasis on language as thought and its fascination with the categories of identity ... More

Keywords: Hegel, Marx, critical theory, Hegelian dialectic, medieval philosophy, German idealism, historical materialism, Jameson, Deleuze, Bakhtin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226135397
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226135564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Cole, author