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PHIL 5544 Subject of Desire: Kojève to Levinas (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Alexandre Kojève’s lectures on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, which he delivered at the École Nationale des Hautes Études between 1933 and 1939, mark a turning point in the history of French thought, and the emergence of an anthropology and ethics of “desire.” At stake, in that concept, and in the period that stretches between those lectures and the publication of Levinas’ Totality and Infinity in 1961, is nothing less than the meaning of human subjectivity. The aim of this course is to explore the evolution of that concept in that period, and the manner in which it became the battleground on which interrelated yet often opposed conceptions of human subjectivity were fought. The course will focus on the following schools of thought and individual thinkers: dialectic (Hegel, Kojève), psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan), phenomenology (Husserl, Sartre, Levinas).


Instructor(s): Miguel de Beistegui

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 01-Apr-15