The Dark Side of Thought. The Body, the Unconscious and Madness in Hegel’s Philosophy

Is there a dark side to Hegelian philosophy? And if there is one, what is it exactly? This contribution aims to investigate those elements of Hegel’s speculative contributions that cannot be traced back to the clarity of a narrow rationality, but that refer to another principle of reason, which includes the role of corporeity and the concepts of powerlessness and pain. As a result, the complexity of the Hegelian model of knowledge will be outlined. These aspects emphasize indeed the key role of elements of fragility and openness in the Hegelian system. A new reading of this latter, catering to contemporary needs as well, is therefore attempted.

Paper taken from The Owl’s Flight: Hegel’s Legacy to Contemporary Philosophy.

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