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A Companion to Hegel

Stephen Houlgate (Editor), Michael Baur (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7076-5
670 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This companion provides original, scholarly, and cutting-edge essays that cover the whole range of Hegel’s mature thought and his lasting influence.
  • A comprehensive guide to one of the most important modern philosophers
  • Essays are written in an accessible manner and draw on the most up-to-date Hegel research
  • Contributions are drawn from across the world and from a wide variety of philosophical approaches and traditions
  • Examines Hegel’s influence on a range of thinkers, from Kierkegaard and Marx to Heidegger, Adorno and Derrida
  • Begins with a chronology of Hegel’s life and work and is then split into sections covering topics such as Philosophy of Nature, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Religion
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Notes on Contributors.

Chronology of Hegel’s Life and Work.

G.W.F. Hegel: An Introduction to His Life and Thought (Stephen Houlgate).

Part I Early Writings.

1 Religion, Love, and Law: Hegel’s Early Metaphysics of Morals (Katerina Deligiorgi).

Part II Phenomenology of Spirit.

2 The Project of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (John Russon).

3 Self-Consciousness, Anti-Cartesianism, and Cognitive Semantics in Hegel’s 1807 Phenomenology (Kenneth R. Westphal).

4 Spirit as the “Unconditioned” (Terry Pinkard).

Part III Logic.

5 Thinking Being: Method in Hegel’s Logic of Being (Angelica Nuzzo).

6 Essence, Refl exion, and Immediacy in Hegel’s Science of Logic (Stephen Houlgate).

7 Conceiving (John W. Burbidge).

Part IV Philosophy of Nature.

8 Hegel and the Sciences (Thomas Posch).

9 The Transition to Organics: Hegel’s Idea of Life (Cinzia Ferrini).

Part V Philosophy of Subjective Spirit.

10 Hegel’s Solution to the Mind-Body Problem (Richard Dien Winfield).

11 Hegel’s Philosophy of Language: The Unwritten Volume (Jere O’Neill Surber).

Part VI Philosophy of Right.

12 Hegel on the Empty Formalism of Kant’s Categorical Imperative (Sally Sedgwick).

13 The Idea of a Hegelian ‘Science’ of Society (Frederick Neuhouser).

14 Hegel’s Political Philosophy (Allen W. Wood).

Part VII Philosophy of History.

15 “The Ruling Categories of the World”: The Trinity in Hegel’s Philosophy of History and The Rise and Fall of Peoples (Robert Bernasconi).

16 Hegel and Ranke: A Re-examination (Frederick C. Beiser).

Part VIII Aesthetics.

17 Hegel and the “Historical Deduction” of the Concept of Art (Allen Speight).

18 Soundings: Hegel on Music (John Sallis).

Part IX Philosophy of Religion.

19 Love, Recognition, Spirit: Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion (Robert R. Williams).

20 Hegel’s Proofs of the Existence of God (Peter C. Hodgson).

Part X History of Philosophy.

21 Hegel’s Aristotle: Philosophy and Its Time (Alfredo Ferrarin).

22 From Kant’s Highest Good to Hegel’s Absolute Knowing (Michael Baur).

Part XI Hegel and Post-Hegelian Thought.

23 Hegel and Marx (Andrew Chitty).

24 Kierkegaard and Hegel on Faith and Knowledge (Jon Stewart).

25 Thinking of Nothing: Heidegger’s Criticism of Hegel’s Conception of Negativity (Daniel O. Dahlstrom).

26 Adorno’s Reconception of the Dialectic (Brian O’Connor).

27 Hegel and Pragmatism (Robert Stern).

28 The Analytic Neo-Hegelianism of John McDowell and Robert Brandom (Paul Redding).

29 Différance as Negativity: The Hegelian Remains of Derrida’s Philosophy (Karin de Boer).

30 You Be My Body for Me: Body, Shape, and Plasticity in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (Catherine Malabou and Judith Butler).


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Stephen Houlgate is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Hegel, Nietzsche and the Criticism of Metaphysics (1986), An Introduction to Hegel: Freedom, Truth and History (1991, 2005) and The Opening of Hegel’s Logic: From Being to Infinity (2006), and his edited volumes include Hegel and the Philosophy of Nature (1998), The Hegel Reader (1998), and G.W.F. Hegel: Outlines of the Philosophy of Right (2008). He has served as Vice President and President of the Hegel Society of America and is a former editor of the Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain.

Michael Baur is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He is Secretary of the Hegel Society of America and has published widely on phenomenology, critical theory, philosophy of law, and nineteenth-century continental philosophy, and on thinkers including Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Aristotle, and Aquinas.

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“Comprising well written essays by internationally acclaimed Hegel scholars (although many are from North America), this volume makes an excellent and accessible reference both to scholars and students of Hegel and Hegelianism.”  (Religious Studies Review, 1 September 2012)

"This superb study brings together Hegel scholars who have penned uniformly excellent articles on all aspects of Hegel's career ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (Choice, 1 November 2011)


"Hegel is now recognized once again as having not only historical but contemporary importance. This collection of high-quality essays by some of the world's finest Hegel scholars provides a rich variety of perspectives from which to survey his philosophy and its impact."
Paul Franks, University of Toronto

"Apart from his two central works – the Phenomenology of Spirit and the Science of Logic – Hegel's philosophy covers a vast range: political philosophy; aesthetics; the philosophy of history; and the philosophy of religion. Apart from these, any student of Hegel will want to understand his relation Marx, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Adorno, Derrida, pragmatism, contemporary analytic philosophy, and his conception of embodiment. The thirty essays in Houlgate and Baur's Companion provide a veritable feast, covering all these topics and more. Every serious student of Hegel will want this volume on their bookshelf. "
J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

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