The Subject of Modernity

Dimitris Vardoulakis

in The Doppelgänger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232987
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235698 | DOI:

Series: Modern Language Initiative

The Subject of Modernity

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This chapter examines the Doppelgänger as the subject of modernity, looking at the work of Alexandros Papadiamantes. In Papadiamantes' novella The Murderess, the move from the particular to the infinite requires a continual negation of the particular in order to attain a complete self-reflection. While according to Hegel, negating reality is the solving of the riddle about the human by a “first man,” who institutes the laws of subjectivity. Because the negations are endless, this self-institution is timeless. The legal framework of subjectivity will accord with the infinite. However, what dies in the progression toward subjectivity is the particular subject—there is a murder of the subject in that its future is foreclosed. The chapter explains the murderous intention of Doppelgänger characters and also shows another loneliness operating here. It is the loneliness of the subject struggling for the atemporal, which takes the guise of an accessible future.

Keywords: modernity; Papadiamantes; The Murderess; first man; negating reality; Hegel

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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