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By Andreas Gailus

Passions of the Sign lines the influence of the French Revolution on Enlightenment concept in Germany as evidenced within the paintings of 3 significant figures round the flip of the 19th century: Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Heinrich von Kleist. Andreas Gailus examines a principally neglected strand within the philosophical and literary reception of the French Revolution, one that unearths within the old prevalence of revolution the expression of a primary mechanism of political, conceptual, and aesthetic perform.

With a detailed studying of a serious essay by means of Kleist, an in-depth dialogue of Kant's philosophical writing, and new readings of the novella shape as hired through either Goethe and Kleist, Gailus demonstrates how those writers set forth an lively version of language and subjectivity whose volatile nature reverberates in the very foundations of society. Unfolding within the medium of vigorous symptoms, human job is proven to be topic to the counter-symbolic strength that lies inside and past it. historical past is topic to contingency and is known no longer as a innovative narrative yet as an expanse of innovative percentages; language is topic to the extra-linguistic context of utterance and is conceived essentially no longer in semantic yet in pragmatic phrases; and theindividual is topic to impersonal impact and is figured now not because the locus of self-determination yet because the web site of passions that exceed the self and its excitement principle.

At as soon as a ancient and a conceptual research, this quantity strikes among literature and philosophy, and among textual research and theoretical hypothesis, enticing with fresh discussions at the prestige of sovereignty, the importance of performative language in politics and paintings, and the presence of the impersonal, even inhuman, in the economic system of the self.

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