Hegel In Contemporary Philosophy PT3 – Hegel In The 21st Century – ONLINE

While Hegel has cast a long shadow over 19th and 20th century philosophy, the last several decades has witnessed the emergence of psychoanalytic readings of Hegelian philosophy. This course will privilege Slavoj iek's philosophy who has made a significant contribution to the reception of Hegel in recent years. iek combines Marxism, the psychanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan, and core Hegelian concepts to produce an innovative reading of Hegel's system. Others contemporary philosophers we will examine include Judith Butler, Mladen Dolar, Alenka Zupan?i?, Rebecca Comay, Frank Ruda, Agon Hamza, and Todd McGowan. We will interrogate how psychoanalytic concepts such as subjectivity, desire, the unconscious, fantasy, and the big Other, shift, and in some cases illuminate, our understanding of traditional Hegelian ideas.

Who is this course for

This course is an Advanced level, text-based course 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 German Idealism 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 Hegel's philosophy as this is what the course will aim to provide

What does this course cover

We will begin by first familiarising ourselves with some core aspects of Hegel's philosophy, specifically from the Phenomenology of Spirit, but also his writings on religion and history. Then, we will briefly review central psychoanalytic ideas found in the works of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan. Most of the sessions, however, will be devoted to the various thinkers that provide a psychoanalytic reading of Hegel, with a special focus on Slavoj iek's thought. We will examine how iek reads Hegel through Lacanian theory by engaging with a selection from his body of work.

By the end of the course, students should have a grasp on some aspects of Hegel's system, as well as how the psychoanalytic theory of Freud and Lacan helps us reinterpret Hegel's philosophy. Students will be able to appreciate the continuing relevant of Hegelianism through the contemporary debates surrounding the reception of his work.

What will it be like

This course will be online using Zoom, and will also use Moodle for distribution of additional materials. This course features lectures, seminar discussion and participation, as well as group work. In addition to the assigned reading material, there may also be Power Point slides to cover the main themes, concepts, and arguments of each session. Assessment of student progress is based on their expectations of the course in the introductory sessions, after which students will be able to keep track of their progression throughout the course sessions, discussions, and question and answers

What else do you need to buy or do

All the readings for this will be made available online as a PDF on Moodle.

What this course could lead to

Other Upper Intermediate or Advanced level Philosophy courses at the Mary Ward Centre or other similar establishments. 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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