The Darstellungsproblem – how can something (a thing, an idea, an experience or whatever) that exists (or is thought of) in one medium be expressed or represented in another one that is different from it? – is a distinctive philosophical problem that is of central importance for German Idealism and much subsequent philosophy in the continental tradition. Whether you agree with the Idealists’ solutions to it or not, awareness of the problem, I believe, enriches our understanding both historically and substantively. (Rosen)
Michael Rosen is Professor of Government at Harvard University and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He studied in Oxford and Frankfurt. He has particular interests in German philosophy and social theory. His books include Hegel’s Dialectic and its Criticism (1982), On Voluntary Servitude: False Consciousness and the Theory of Ideology (1996), and, most recently, Dignity: Its History and Meaning (2012).
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