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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (August 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312120923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312120924
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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18 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John C. Landon on December 15, 2001
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On the trail for suspects in the legacy of both the 'end of history' myth, and the sources of postmodernism (for those who find it problematical), we arrive at the Ministry Office of Alexander Kojeve, a remarkable figure towering philosophically over the last gasp of the Cold War and whose charming brilliance conceals a contradictory, if not toxic, mix of Marx, Heidegger, and Hegel. An admirer of Stalin, yet he saw before many the inevitable outcome of the Cold War, and thought America a more deserving victor of the ideological war of the twentieth century. Yet the strange result of his gesture in the interpretation of Hegel in his classic text lies in the subsequent dialectical swing to an opposite extreme in a version of Hegel that is really a neo-liberal false mustache. The spectacle of the end of history so conceived has a strange Nietzschean fevered charm, yet suddenly seems a bit sulphuric, as the hell with no-exit for the bourgeois Faust, the last man.
This work contains a good critical account of the Kojeve's life and work, along with discussions of his relations with Strauss, and his influence on early postmodernists, Alan Bloom, and the work of Fukuyama.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on November 13, 2009
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Shadia Drury has written two books on Leo Strauss and the Straussians, "The political ideas of Leo Strauss" and "Leo Strauss and the American right". To all intents and purposes, "Alexandre Kojève: The roots of postmodern politics" also deals with Strauss and his followers. This time, however, Drury takes us on a long detour through the maze of continental philosophy, existentialism and postmodernism in particular. Why? Because she believes that Strauss, despite his vaunted anti-modernism and value conservatism, wasn't much different. And yes, Drury interprets existentialism and postmodernism in the worst possible manner. Essentially, their spokesmen are nihilists whose ideas lead to a celebration of gratuitous violence, terrorism and crime. It's not a co-incidence, Drury believes, that so many continental philosophers embraced Stalinism or Nazism.

In the centre of the labyrinthine web, Drury finds Alexandre Kojève, a Russian émigré who spend most of his life in France and eventually became an important French government official. He was one of the architects behind the EEC and the GATT. Kojève's philosophy turns out to be an idiosyncratic blend of Marx, Heidegger and Nietzsche superimposed on Hegel. Despite his émigré status, Kojève was something of a Stalinist as well. He nevertheless believed that the West would triumph in the Cold War. Over time, Kojève began to see the inevitable triumph of a consumerist mass society as something tragic and negative. It was "the end of history" and the triumph of Nietzsche's "last man". This is the connection with postmodernism.
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