The concept of resistance has always been central to the reception of Hegel’s philosophy. The prevalent image of Hegel’s system, which continues to influence the scholarship to this day, is that of an absolutist, monist metaphysics which overcomes all resistance, sublating or assimilating all differences into a single organic ‘Whole’. For that reason, the reception of Hegel has always been marked by the question of how to resist Hegel: how to think that which remains outside of or other to the totalizing system of dialectics.
In recent years the work of scholars such as Catherine Malabou, Slavoj Žižek, Rebecca Comay and Frank Ruda has brought considerable nuance to this debate. A new reading of Hegel has emerged which challenges the idea that there is no place for difference, otherness or resistance in Hegel, both by refusing to reduce Hegel’s complex philosophy to a straightforward systematic narrative and by highlighting particular moments within Hegel’s philosophy which seem to counteract the traditional understanding of dialectics.
This book brings together established and new voices in this field in order to show that the notion of resistance is central to this revaluation of Hegel.
Table of contents
1. Editors’ Introduction
Part I: Method
2. Hegel, Resistance and Method
Frank Ruda (Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany)
3. Resistance and Repetition: Freud and Hegel
Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto, Canada)
4. Dialectics as Resistance: Hegel, Benjamin, Adorno
Rocío Zambrana (University of Oregon, USA)
Part II: Nature and History
5. The Spirit of Resistance and its Fate
Howard Caygill (Kingston University London, UK)
6. Subjectivity, Madness and Habit: Forms of Resistance in Hegel’s Anthropology
Kirill Chepurin (HSE Moscow/Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
7. Inertia and Obsolescence in Hegel’s Theory of Social-Historical Development
Bart Zantvoort (University College Dublin)
Part III: Politics
8. Freedom and Dissent in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
Karin de Boer (University of Leuven, Belgium)
9. Stages of an Inversive Right to Resistance in Hegel
Klaus Vieweg (University of Jena, Germany)
10. Does the rabble resist Hegel’s Philosophy of Right?
Louis Carré (FRS/FNRS/Centre for Political Theory Brussels, Belgium)