Lightstruck: ‘Hegel on the Sublime’

Andrzej Warminski

in The Political Archive of Paul de Man

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748665617
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676637 | DOI:
Lightstruck: ‘Hegel on the Sublime’

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This chapter argues that Jakobson's ‘symbolism’ and Schiller's ‘symbol’ take us directly to the problematic of sign and symbol in Hegel's Aesthetics as read by de Man not only in the essay of that title (‘Sign and Symbol in Hegel's Aesthetics’) but also in its follow-up ‘Hegel on the Sublime’. Indeed, ‘Hegel on the Sublime’ amounts to an ‘application’ of the first essay's findings to Hegel's Aesthetics. ‘Hegel on the Sublime’ may be de Man's most explicitly political text; it may also be his most difficult text.

Keywords: Paul de Man; Hegel; sublime; Aesthetics; sign; symbol

Chapter.  7227 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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