Hegel and Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Edited by Dennis King Keenan

Subjects: History Of Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy, SUNY series in Hegelian Studies
Paperback : 9780791460924, 484 pages, June 2004
Hardcover : 9780791460917, 484 pages, June 2004

Table of contents



1. Jean Wahl, "Mediation, Negativity, and Separation"
—from Le malheur de la conscience dans la philosophie de Hegel (1929)

2. Alexandre Kojève, "The Idea of Death in the Philosophy of Hegel"
—from Introduction to the Reading of Hegel (1947; lectures delivered: 1933–34)

3. Jean-Paul Sartre, "Husserl, Hegel, Heidegger"
—from Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology (1943)

4. Georg Lukács, "'Entäusserung' ("Externalization") as the Central Philosophical Concept of The Phenomenology of Mind,"
—from The Young Hegel: Studies in the Relations between Dialectics and Economics (1948)

5. Maurice Merleau-Ponty, "Hegel's Existentialism"
—from Sense and Non-Sense (1948)

6. Maurice Blanchot, "Literature and the Right to Death"
—from The Work of Fire (1949)

7. Frantz Fanon, "The Negro and Hegel"
—from Black Skin, White Masks (1952)

8. Jean Hyppolite, "Logic and Existence"
—from Logic and Existence (1953)

9. Georges Bataille, "Hegel, Death and Sacrifice" (1955)

10. Jacques Lacan, "The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious,"
—from Écrits (1966; lecture delivered: 1960)

11. Theodor W. Adorno, "World Spirit and Natural History: An Excursion to Hegel"
—from Negative Dialectics (1966)

12. Gilles Deleuze, "Conclusion"
—from Difference and Repetition (1968)

13. Louis Althusser, "Marx's Relation to Hegel"
—from Hegel et la Pensée Moderne (1970; lecture delivered: 1968)

14. Hans-Georg Gadamer, "Hegel's 'Inverted World'"
—from Hegel's Dialectic: Five Hermeneutical Studies (1971)

15. Jacques Derrida, Glas (1974)

16. Luce Irigaray, "The Eternal Irony of the Community"
—from Speculum of the Other Woman (1974)

17. Julia Kristeva, "Negativity: Rejection"
—from Revolution in Poetic Language (1974)

18. Emmanuel Levinas, "Death and Time"
—from God, Death, and Time (1993; lectures delivered: 1976)

19. John Sallis, "Hegel's Concept of Presentation: Its Determination in the Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit"
—from Delimitations: Phenomenology and the End of Metaphysics (1986; first published: 1977)

20. Giorgio Agamben, "Excursus 7 (after the final day)"
—from Language and Death: The Place of Negativity (1982)

21. Slavoj Zizek, "'Not Only as Substance, but Also as Subject'"
—from The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989)

22. Judith Butler, "Stubborn Attachment, Bodily Subjection: Rereading Hegel on the Unhappy Consciousness"
—from The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection (1997; first published: 1995)

23. Jean-Luc Nancy, "Freedom," and "We"
—from Hegel: The Restlessness of the Negative (1997)



Twenty-three of the most important writings by contemporary continental thinkers on the work of Hegel.


Contemporary continental philosophy stands in the wake of the work of G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831). This invaluable collection is the first to gather the most important works on Hegel from the following luminaries of contemporary continental thought: Adorno, Agamben, Althusser, Bataille, Blanchot, Butler, Deleuze, Derrida, Fanon, Gadamer, Hyppolite, Irigaray, Kojève, Kristeva, Lacan, Levinas, Lukács, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy, Sallis, Sartre, Wahl, and Zðizûek. The writings cover significant movements within continental philosophy, including phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, critical theory, feminism, literary criticism, and deconstruction. These thought-provoking analyses provide support for Merleau-Ponty's observation: "All of the great philosophical ideas of the past century—the philosophies of Marx and Nietzsche, phenomenology, German existentialism, and psychoanalysis—had their beginnings in Hegel. "

Dennis King Keenan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University and the author of Death and Responsibility: The "Work" of Levinas, also published by SUNY Press.