Thursday, 5 December 2019

16:00-17:00

Beginners’ guide to Hegel

Brooks Building, Room 1.66

Alexandre Pais

Hegel shares with Plato, Descartes, Marx and Freud, a tendency to be widely criticised by those who seem not to have read the work in question. Hegel has been accused of developing an absolutist epistemology and of flirting too closely with the obscure forces of negativity, and some critics have declared his theories obsolete if not altogether unintelligible. Yet, Hegel continues to torment scholars who at some stage of their thinking have needed to question the most fundamental problems pertaining to being.
For some years now I have been flirting with Hegel through secondary sources (chiefly Žižek’s philosophy), until I reached a point where I needed to read Hegel first hand. I will present and discuss some of this work, in an attempt to show how Hegelian theory, whilst being dead, continues to reappear as a zombie, an un-dead entity that haunts all of those who still seek some truth in contemporary society.

We look forward to seeing you on the day, at the re-inauguration of the celebrated ‘Beginner’s Guides' series for this year!

Talk 4-5pm followed by a discussion, after which we will repair to Charlotte Bronte’s lodgings for refreshments !!

Event contact Tony Brown · A.M.Brown@mmu.ac.uk