Kimberly Hutchings – Reading Speculatively: Rose on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right



Event Date: 18 October 2013

Bolivar Hall
Venezuelan Embassy
54 Grafton Way, London WC1

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University  presents:

Thinking in the Severe Style

A Symposium on Gillian Rose’s Hegel Contra Sociology

Professor Kimberly Hutchings  (International Relations, LSE) – Reading Speculatively: Rose on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

There has been an enormous proliferation of scholarship on Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right since 1981. In thiscontext,Rose’s critique of interpretations of the work as a defence of Prussian absolutism no longer applies, since hardly any Hegel scholars uphold such a reading. Nevertheless, the meaning of the text and of Hegel’s political thought more generally remains deeply  contested.  Hegel  figures  variously  as  conservative  and  as  liberal,  as  an  early  social democrat,  as  an  imperialist  and  an  anti-imperialist,  as  a  statist  and  as  a  cosmopolitan. I  will argue that Rose’s speculative reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Rightis still a rich resource for making  sense  of  these  many different Hegels  and,  in  particular,  offers  a  useful  corrective  to liberal and postcolonial readings of Hegel’s text.


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