Event Date: 18 October 2013
54 Grafton Way, London WC1
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.