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Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundations of Ethics

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2018.01.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dominik Finkelde, Excessive Subjectivity -- Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundations of Ethics, Deva Kemmis and Astrid Weigert (trs.), Columbia University Press, 2017, 340pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231173186. Reviewed by Klas Roth, Stockholm University Dominik Finkelde argues that "there are no 'excessive subjects' but only 'excessive subjectivity'" (76). The latter is, for him, a structural force "that breaks with the context of established ethical life" (5) and cannot be assimilated, either with "the Kantian/formalistic [sense of excessive subjects] nor . . . the Hegelian/pragmatic tradition of ethics" (5). In his opinion it exceeds their work, and is on "a more solid footing" (6) with psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's work, which in turn is inspired by the work of Kant and Hegel. Finkelde also believes that representatives of excessive subjectivity make change possible, and that an apostle of excessive. . .

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