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Rebecca Comay - Author

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Endings

Endings

Author: Rebecca Comay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

This collection of ten essays and an extended introduction aims to show how Hegel and Heidegger offer ways of thinking historically that understand such thinking not merely as extensions and elaborations of a given paradigm, but as actively engaged in the critical and transformative revisioning of the world. Beginning from the point where Heidegger encountered Hegel, this volume of essays addresses the respective philosophies of the two men. Leading scholars provide a variety of models from which to view the unique relationship between the bodies of thought of Heidegger and Hegel.

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Author: Rebecca Comay Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2014

The imposing Angel of the North in Gateshead is doubtless Antony Gormley's most well known sculpture in public space. His art project One & Other, for which the artist invited 2,400 people to stand on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for one hour each, brought him international recognition. With his conceptual sculptures and installations the British artist (*1950 in London) consistently addresses the relationship between the human body and space. The publication centers on Gormley's most recent work, Expansion Field, which is being presented for the first time in the large exhibition hall at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. It consists of sixty steel sculptures whose orthogonal shapes are derived from different postures of the artist's body. Expansion Field ties in with the other Field works by the sculptor and in terms of cultural and art history opens up references from prehistory to Minimal and Body Art.

Mourning Sickness

Mourning Sickness

Author: Rebecca Comay Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2010

This book explores Hegel's response to the French Revolutionary Terror and its impact on Germany. Like many of his contemporaries, Hegel was struck by the seeming parallel between the political upheaval in France and the upheaval in German philosophy inaugurated by the Protestant Reformation and brought to a climax by German Idealism. Many thinkers reasoned that a political revolution would be unnecessary in Germany, because this intellectual revolution had preempted it. Having already been through its own cataclysm, Germany would be able to extract the energy of the Revolution and channel its radicalism into thought. Hegel comes close to making such an argument too. But he also offers a powerful analysis of how this kind of secondhand history gets generated in the first place, and shows what is stake. This is what makes him uniquely interesting among his contemporaries: he demonstrates how a fantasy can be simultaneously deconstructed and enjoyed.Mourning Sickness provides a new reading of Hegel in the light of contemporary theories of historical trauma. It explores the ways in which major historical events are experienced vicariously, and the fantasies we use to make sense of them. Comay brings Hegel into relation with the most burning contemporary discussions around catastrophe, witness, memory, and the role of culture in shaping political experience.

Mourning Sickness

Mourning Sickness

Author: Rebecca Comay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2010

This book explores Hegel's response to the French Revolutionary Terror and its impact on Germany. Like many of his contemporaries, Hegel was struck by the seeming parallel between the political upheaval in France and the upheaval in German philosophy inaugurated by the Protestant Reformation and brought to a climax by German Idealism. Many thinkers reasoned that a political revolution would be unnecessary in Germany, because this intellectual revolution had preempted it. Having already been through its own cataclysm, Germany would be able to extract the energy of the Revolution and channel its radicalism into thought. Hegel comes close to making such an argument too. But he also offers a powerful analysis of how this kind of secondhand history gets generated in the first place, and shows what is stake. This is what makes him uniquely interesting among his contemporaries: he demonstrates how a fantasy can be simultaneously deconstructed and enjoyed.Mourning Sickness provides a new reading of Hegel in the light of contemporary theories of historical trauma. It explores the ways in which major historical events are experienced vicariously, and the fantasies we use to make sense of them. Comay brings Hegel into relation with the most burning contemporary discussions around catastrophe, witness, memory, and the role of culture in shaping political experience.