There are several significant prefigurations of the diacritical model in the history of modern philosophy—modern because it is assumed that most agree that the crisis of selfhood was not a radical problem up until Rene Descartes and the Enlightenment. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is one of the most cogent cases in point, though almost all the German idealists and romantics address the issue in some form or other. For the author, the difficulty with Hegel and his followers is not so much the use of dialectical inversion between self and other—this can actually be quite salutary as an exercise in imagining oneself in terms of one's adversary or opponent—but in the idealist tendency to reduce the other to various categories of sameness.
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