Translated by Cain Elliott and Jan Burzyński
Afterword: Post-dialectics and Postmodernity
Post-dialectics and Postmodernity
It is hard to briefly and cogently summarize considerations devoted not only to many different authors, but also to a variety of particular problems. It is also hard to formulate the final conclusions concerning such a wide, complex, and delicate matter as the contemporary transformations of dialectics. Because this book is already larger than originally intended, I will not exhaust the reader with further discussions and conclusions. The following text is therefore not a summary, but rather the introduction to a summary. After all, it is not hard to agree that not only there is no “last word” either in philosophy or different discourses, but also that a totalizing or unifying summary of a book is always arbitrary.
The philosophical conceptions discussed in this book do not form a coherent totality. They present neither a uniform understanding of Hegelian dialectics nor a uniform strategy of criticizing it, let alone a new project of dialectics that would be even remotely uniform. In fact, they cannot even be said to constitute different links in a comprehensible evolutionary chain of development. For what they constitute is rather a multilayered mutation of dialectics, its complex and multidirectional differentiation, which produces not so much a series as a network of conceptions more or less distanced from their Hegelian model or “prototype.”
Nonetheless, all these conceptions share some commonalities or affinities that make it possible to see them as a kind of arborescent post-Hegelian...
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