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Aesthetic Ideology

1996
Author:

Paul de Man
Andrzej Warminski, editor
Introduction by Andrzej Warminksi

Aesthetic Ideology

An important reconsideration of ideology by one of this century’s most eminent theorists.

Offers the definitive resource to de Man's thoughts on philosophy, politics, and history. The texts collected here were written or delivered as lectures during the last years of de Man's life, between 1977 and 1983. Many of them have never been available previously in any form.

De Man’s essays are gems.

Journal of Popular Culture

This long-awaited volume by one of the major figures of twentieth-century thought represents perhaps the most provocative, serious, and important rethinking of “ideology” since the publication of Althusser's essays in the 1960s and 1970s. Aesthetic Ideology offers the definitive resource to de Man's thoughts on philosophy, politics, and history.

The core of Aesthetic Ideology is a rigorous inquiry into the relation of rhetoric, epistemology, and aesthetics, one that presents radical notions of materiality. De Man reads Kant and Hegel with a combination of philosophical rigor, interpretive pressure, speculative daring, and ironic good humor that is unique to him, ultimately reaching the heart of philosophical aesthetics.

The texts collected here were written or delivered as lectures during the last years of de Man's life, between 1977 and 1983. Many of them have never been available previously in any form; these include essays on Kant's materialism, his relation to Schiller, and the concept of irony. A culmination of de Man's thinking on these central issues, Aesthetic Ideology is a necessary and vital component of your humanities bookshelf.

Contents

Introduction: Allegories of Reference

The Epistemology of Metaphor

Pascal's Allegory of Persuasion

Phenomenality and Materiality in Kant

Sign and Symbol in Hegel's Aesthetics

Hegel on the Sublime

Kant's Materialism

Kant and Schiller

The Concept of Irony

Reply to Raymond Geuss

Aesthetic Ideology

Paul de Man (1919-1983) held appointments at Cornell, Johns Hopkins, the University of Zurich, and Yale. Among his books are Blindness and Insight (Minnesota, 1983), The Resistance to Theory (Minnesota, 1986), Critical Writings ,1953-1978 (Minnesota, 1993), and Allegories of Reading (1979).

Andrzej Warminski is professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Readings in Interpretation (Minnesota, 1987) and the forthcoming Material Inscriptions.

Aesthetic Ideology

De Man’s essays are gems.

Journal of Popular Culture

An important addition to the de Man canon . . .

Library Journal

While reconfirming de Man’s brilliance as a close reader in the rhetorical tradition, Aesthetic Ideology also adds several new facets to our understanding of its author. Most obviously, the extensive interpretations of Kant and Hegel are new and show de Man at his best.

Monatshefte

de Man’s essays are gems.

Journal of Postmodern Culture

Aesthetic Ideology merits attention for many reasons, not the least of which is that it throws into relief the relative strengths and weaknesses of the deconstructive approach as applied in philosophical, rather than literary, contexts.

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism