Hegel and Language

Edited by Jere O'Neill Surber

Subjects: German Idealism
Series: SUNY series in Hegelian Studies
Paperback : 9780791467565, 268 pages, June 2007
Hardcover : 9780791467558, 268 pages, July 2006

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Jere O’Neill Surber

SECTION 1 Language and the Possibility of Systematic Philosophy

1. Fragmentation, Contamination, Systematicity: The Threats of Representation and the Immanence of Thought
Kevin Thompson

2. Language and Metaphysics: The Dialectics of Hegel’s Speculative Proposition
Chong-Fuk Lau

3. The Language of Hegel’s Speculative Philosophy
Angelica Nuzzo

SECTION 2 Language, Subjectivity, and “Objective Truth”

4. Objective Language and Scientific Truth in Hegel
Jeffrey Reid

5. Sound—Tone—Word: Toward an Hegelian Philosophy of Language
John McCumber

6. Telling the Truth: Systematic Philosophy and the Aufhebung of Poetic and Religious Language
Will Dudley

SECTION 3 Hegel and Contemporary Philosophy of Language and Linguistics

7. Language, Objects, and the Missing Link: Toward a Hegelian Theory of Reference
Katharina Dulckeit

8. The Realm of Abstraction: The Role of Grammar in Hegel’s Linguistic System
Jim Vernon

9. The Logic of Language Change
David Kolb

SECTION 4 Postmodern Perspectives on Hegel’s Linguistic Views

10. The Three Hegels: Kojéve, Hyppolite, and Derrida on Hegel’s Philosophy of Language
Catherine Kellogg

11. Hegel, Kristeva, and the Language of Revolution
Claire May

12. Speculative Rhythm
Katrin Pahl


The first anthology exclusively devoted to Hegel’s linguistic thought.


The first anthology explicitly dedicated to Hegel's linguistic thought, Hegel and Language presents various facets of a new wave of Hegel scholarship. The chapters are organized around themes that include the possibility of systematic philosophy, truth and objectivity, and the relation of Hegel's thought to analytic and postmodern approaches to language. While there is considerable diversity among the various approaches to and assessments of Hegel's linguistic thought, the volume as a whole demonstrates that not only was language central for Hegel, but also that his linguistic thought still has much to offer contemporary philosophy. The book also includes an extensive introductory survey of the linguistic thought of the entire German Idealist movement and the contemporary issues that emerged from it.

Jere O'Neill Surber is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver and the author of Culture and Critique: An Introduction to the Critical Discourses of Cultural Studies.