Isabel Jacobs (QMUL) - 2020-21 Students
Concrete Totality: Alexandre Kojève's Posthistorical Aesthetics
Situated at the borders of global intellectual history, philosophy and art theory, my PhD explores Russian-French philosopher Alexandre Kojève’s relation to the Avantgarde. With a focus on abstract painting, literature, photography and Surrealism, I analyse Kojève’s post-historical aesthetics in the context of his philosophical system. Reevaluating Kojève as a cross-cultural mediator in interwar Paris, my project seeks to elucidate how philosophy and visual practice inform each other.