The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel,

2015.08.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robyn Marasco, The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel, Columbia University Press, 2015, 226pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robyn Marasco, The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel, Columbia University Press, 2015, 226pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231168663. Reviewed by Jeffrey Flynn, Fordham University Critical theory is committed to emancipation from domination and oppression. Despair might seem unhelpful, if not entirely antithetical, to practical and theoretical projects aimed at radically transforming society. Without hope, why participate in movements for social change? Shouldn't theorists who support such movements want to avoid despair? In this book, however, Robyn Marasco provocatively argues that critical theorists should get over the urge to provide a way out of despair. Indeed, contemporary critique can learn quite a bit, she claims, from thinkers who have theorized "at the heights of despair" (85). Such "negative passions" can "enrich the political imagination and enliven political praxis" (6). Each of the. . .

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