‘Approaching Hegel’s Logic, Obliquely: Melville, Moliere, Beckett’ by Angelica Nuzzo

Published by SUNY Press in 2018. Download link and description updated on 29. June 2021.

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Hegel’s Logic, Obliquely is an unprecedented reading of Hegel’s Science of Logic that sets this difficult work in dialogue with literature and proposes it should be read as the ‘logic of transformation’ and ‘logic of action’.

Looking at various works of literature and history as being exemplary of Hegel’s method it finds a fresh and productive way to render Hegel’s Logic alive and engaging, in this way addressing interpretive issues that have remained unresolved for almost two centuries of Hegelian scholarship, while presenting various world known classical works of literature in an entirely new light.

This account of Hegel’s Logic is framed by the need for an interpretive tool able to orient our understanding of the contemporary world mired in unprecedented global crisis, raising the question if the story of our historical present—the tragedy or comedy we all play parts in—can be told and what is the inner logic of our changing world.

Winner of the 2020 Hegelpd-Prize as presented by the University of Padova Research Group.


Angelica Nuzzo is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She is the author of Memory, History, Justice in Hegel and the editor of Hegel on Religion and Politics.

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