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Catherine Malabou, Antonio Negri, John D. Caputo, Bruno Bosteels, Mark C. Taylor, and Slavoj Žižek sign up for seven others—including William Desmond, Katrin Pahl, Adrian Johnston, Edith Wyschogrod, and Thomas A. Lewis—to observe Hegel's notion to twenty-first-century philosophy, politics, and faith. removing claims that the evolution of concept and heritage is at an finish, those thinkers guard Hegel's suggestions opposed to irrelevance and, importantly, reset the excellence of secular and sacred.

These unique contributions concentrate on Hegelian research and the transformative worth of the philosopher's inspiration with regards to our present "turn to religion." Malabou develops Hegel's motif of confession relating to forgiveness; Negri writes of Hegel's philosophy of correct; Caputo reaffirms the unconventional theology made attainable by means of Hegel; and Bosteels opinions stylish readings of the thinker and argues opposed to the reducibility of his dialectic. Taylor reclaims Hegel's absolute as a technique of countless restlessness, and Žižek revisits the spiritual implications of Hegel's inspiration of letting cross. Mirroring the philosopher's personal trajectory, those essays growth dialectically via politics, theology, paintings, literature, philosophy, and technology, traversing state-of-the-art theoretical discourse and illuminating the ways that Hegel inhabits them.

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7 Here is the point at which Hegel’s thought assumes, even more expressly, a contemporary figure. The recuperation of the positivity of labor to the life of Spirit, labors’s very deep involvement [inerenza] and its very fundamental nature, cannot be given as such. Civilization [civiltà] isn’t simply labor but regulated, organized, and r e r e a d i n g h eg e l 33 controlled labor. Labor, without Right, without the State, becomes chaos, the life of a dead body, particularity that arrogates universality for itself.

Augustine provides the foundation, stems from the fact that the political subject has to invent its own facticity. Facticity, as we have seen, never preexists the political community. And invention corresponds to the act that Derrida calls, taking up one of St. Augustine’s expressions, “faire la vérité” (to make the truth). ” What does “to make the truth” mean? ”28 This means that to confess is not to recount one’s life, according to what would be a purely private gesture, but rather to give life itself the political access to its own facticity.

How can Hegel carry out such an inversion: the general will precedes the individual will? Is this not a reversal which threatens to ruin Rousseau’s entire theory for which there is no doubt that the general will is a product of the union of individual wills? To answer these questions, we have to examine the role of language in this process. We are familiar with the Hegelian critique of the contract and contractual ideologies. But the essential reason for this critique is perhaps not always well understood, this being precisely that contract theory in general presents a relationship between the individual and the community that is not ordered in conformity with the concept, since this theory affirms that there are first individuals and then the social body.

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