Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tropes of Transport: Hegel and Emotion

This looks incredibly interesting. Hegel is usually pegged as the poster-child for abstract reasoning gone wrong. That, when formal mediation is applied to anything concrete (life, emotions, the individual or particular), the Notion (the universal in action) immediately swallows into a higher generality that concrete.

As we see in the below such is hardly the case.

Katrin Pahl: Tropes of Transport: Hegel and Emotion (2012)
// Monoskop Log

"Intervening in the multidisciplinary debate on emotion, Tropes of Transport offers a fresh analysis of Hegel's work that becomes an important resource for Pahl's cutting-edge theory of emotionality. If it is usually assumed that the sincerity of emotions and the force of affects depend on their immediacy, Pahl explores to what extent mediation—and therefore a certain degree of manipulation but also of sympathy—is constitutive of emotionality. Hegel serves as a particularly helpful interlocutor not only because he offers a sophisticated analysis of mediation, but also because, rather than locating emotion in the heart, he introduces impersonal tropes of transport, such as trembling, release, and shattering. "

Publisher Northwestern University Press, 2012
Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0
ISBN 0810127857, 9780810127852
ix+282 pages

Reviews: Emilia Angelova (Parrhesia, 2014), David H. Kim (Parrhesia, 2014), John McCumber (Parrhesia, 2014), Jason J. Howard (Parrhesia, 2014), Katrin Pahl (response to the 4 reviews, Parrhesia, 2014).

Interview with author (Rorotoko, 2012)