Hegel In Contemporary Philosophy Pt1 – The 20thc Reception Of Hegels Philosophy – ONLINE

In this course we will be studying the 20th century reception of G.W.F. Hegel, especially of his Phenomenology of Spirit (1807). The Phenomenology of Spirit is Hegels most widely discussed philosophical work. It has shaped twentieth-century German (e.g., Marx, Adorno, Horkheimer) and French philosophical thought (e.g., Hypolite, Kojève, Sartre) and Continental philosophy until the present day. It is in the Phenomenology that Hegel develops the concepts that shape his later oeuvre, such as those of dialectic, ethical life and Aufhebung (sublation). In this class we will be studying the reception of these philosophical concepts and ideas. We will undergo a close reading of Hegels text alongside his interpreters and in so doing we will trace his influence on the Frankfurt School of Critical Thought, on French Continental Philosophy, as well as feminist and postcolonial theory.

Who is this course for

This course is at Advanced level and so would not be suitable for people who are new to studying philosophy. It would be an ideal continuation course for students who have previously studied on our Intermediate level courses and who now want a course that will look at the work of a particular philosopher or theme in some depth. It may also be suitable for people who have had some previous grounding in Philosophy and who now want to study in more depth.
Although you should have some previous experience of studying philosophy it is not expected that you need to have a great deal of familiarity with the reception of Hegel, as this is what the course will aim to provide.

What does this course cover

We will undertake a close reading of major 20th century interpretations of G.W.F. Hegel, particularly of his Phenomenology of Spirit (1807). We will analyse the main aspects discussed in the reception of Hegel, such as his philosophical method, theory of consciousness, interpretation of desire, revolution, civil society, and ethics. We will explore the influence of Hegel's work on 20th century continental philosophy, particularly in France and Germany, through close readings of Jean Hyppolite, Alexandre Kojève, Frantz Fanon, Jacques Derrida, Theodor W. Adorno, Catherine Malabou and Judith Butler. In some classes, interpretations by 20th authors will be paired with extracts from the Phenomenology of Spirit and other works by Hegel to better discuss his legacy.

By the end of the course students should have a grasp of the reception of Hegel and of Hegel's philosophy to prepare them for further study of Hegel's philosophical system (e.g., the Science of Logic, Philosophy of Right, Encyclopaedia) and for further study of the Continental philosophical tradition. The course will prepare them for studying philosophical traditions such as those of Critical Theory, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction and Post-structuralism.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions. The format will involve lectures, collective close reading, seminar style discussions and smaller group discussions around key questions. Students will be asked to write a short reflection each week and have the opportunity to present it in class and receive feedback from tutor and peers. All the reading material will be available on Moodle. Progress will be assessed in terms of student participation - engagement in seminars and with the material.

What else do you need to buy or do

The reading material will be provided in Pdf format. Students are expected to keep up with the reading each week. Please make sure you have installed Zoom in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can then participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device.

What this course could lead to

Other Upper Intermediate or Advanced level Philosophy courses at the Mary Ward Centre or other similar establishments. The next course in this series will examine the influence of Hegel in Anglo-American philosophy in the twentieth century and up until today.
Other courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences with a strong emphasis on theory and the study of the mind and human behaviour (e.g., Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History).

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