Although Hegel and feminism seem an unlikely couple, Hegelian philosophy played a prominent part in the thinking of groundbreaking feminist philosophers from Simone de Beauvoir to Luce Irigaray. This book offers a new generation of feminist readings of Hegel from leading scholars in both fields. Through close readings and innovative arguments, this book makes a significant contribution to the debate on gender and provides insight into philosophical method.
About the Author
Kimberly Hutchings is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. She is the author of Kant, Critique and Politics, International Political Theory, Hegel and Feminist Philosophy, and Time and World Politics. She co-edited Cosmopolitan Citizenship, with Roland Dannreuther, and was a founding editor of the journal Contemporary Political Theory.
Tuija Pulkkinen is Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Helsinki. She is the author of Valtio ja vapaus (The State and Liberty/Freedom), The Postmodern and Political Agency, and the co-editor of Käsitteet liikkeessä. Suomen poliittisten käsitteiden historia (Concepts in Motion: The History of Political Concepts in Finland) and Ashgate Research Companion on the Politics and History of Deomcratization in Europe. She is an editor of the journal Redescriptions.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
About the Contributors xi
1 Introduction: Reading Hegel Kimberly Hutchings Tuija Pulkkinen 1
Part 1 Feminist Encounters with Hegel
2 Differing Spirits-Reflections on Hegelian Inspiration in Feminist Theory Tuija Pulkkinen 19
3 Queering Hegel: Three Incisions Joanna Hodge 39
4 Antigone's Liminality: Hegel's Racial Purification of Tragedy and the Naturalization of Slavery Tina Chanter 61
5 Knowing Thyself: Hegel, Feminism and an Ethics of Heteronomy Kimberly Hutchings 87
6 Longing for Recognition Judith Butler 109
Part 2 Re-Reading Hegel's Method
7 Beyond Tragedy: Tracing the Aristophanian Subtext of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit Karin de Boer 133
8 Reading the Same Twice Over: The Place of the Feminine in the Time of Hegelian Spirit Rakefet Efrat-Levkovich 153
9 Womanlife or Lifework and Psycho-technique: Woman as the Figure of the Plasticity of Transcendence Susanna Lindberg 177
10 The Gender of Spirit: Hegel's Moves and Strategies Laura Werner 195
11 Matter and Form: Hegel, Organicism, and the Difference between Women and Men Alison Stone 211
12 Debating Hegel's Legacy for Contemporary Feminist Politics Nancy Bauer Kimberly Hutchings Tuija Pulkkinen Alison Stone 233