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The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy

Dimitris Vardoulakis


The Doppelgänger or Double presents literature as the “double” of philosophy. There are historical reasons for this. The genesis of the Doppelgänger is literature's response to the philosophical focus on subjectivity. The Doppelgänger was coined by the German author Jean Paul in 1796 as a critique of Idealism's assertion of subjective autonomy, individuality and human agency. This critique prefigures post-War extrapolations of the subject as decentred. From this perspective, the Doppelgänger has a “family resemblance” to current conceptua ... More

Keywords: Doppelgänger, Double, philosophy, literature, Jean Paul, critique, idealism, subjective autonomy, individuality, human agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823232987
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823232987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dimitris Vardoulakis, author