Hegel Against Ironic Romanticism
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The strength of Hegel's polemical approach to these authors shows how irony itself represents for him a persistent threat to his own idea of systematic Science. This is so, we discover, because Romantic irony is more than a rival ideology; it is an actual form of discourse, one whose performative objectivity interferes with the objectivity of Hegel's own logos. Thus, Hegel's critique of irony allows us to reciprocally uncover a Hegelian theory of scientific discourse. Far from seeing irony as a form of consciousness overcome by Spirit, Hegel sees it as having become a pressing feature of his own contemporary world, as witnessed in the popularity of his Berlin rival, Schleiermacher. Finally, to the extent that ironic discourse seems, for Hegel, to imply a certain world beyond his own notion of modernity, we are left with the hypothesis that Hegel's critique of irony may be viewed as a critique of post-modernity.
1. Friedrich Schlegel
Intermezzo 1: Words and the Things
Intermezzo 2: Irony and Barbarity
Coda 1: Galvanism and Excitability in Friedrich Schlegel's Theory of the Fragment
Coda 2: Reflections on Novalis's Logological Fragments
Deals with Hegel's critique of Fr. Schlegel, Novalis and Schleiermacher, as representatives of ironic Romanticism.