10th Essex Conference

Posted on March 27, 2007


I am pleased to announce the schedule for the 10th International Graduate Conference in Philosophy at the University of Essex. The Conference will be held at the University on Saturday, 28th April 2007, and will feature papers by our visiting keynote speaker Dr. Karin de Boer (University of Groningen) and Dr.Wayne Martin (University of Essex).

Previous conferences have attracted graduate papers of a high quality, and provided a useful forum for presenting, discussing and improving original research. You can read about last year’s conference here.

Following the success of last year’s conference, graduate speakers from the U.K., Canada, the U.S., Germany and Belgium will present their research into history, dialectical method, intersubjectivity, recognition, and difference to mark the 200th anniversary of one of Hegel’s most famous works.

Conference Topic: The ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’ after 200 years

Few texts in the history of European philosophy have been as provocative – or divisive – as the Phenomenology of Spirit, and few philosophers as influential as Hegel. The Phenomenology introduced a new method in philosophy; working thorough the analysis of shapes of human consciousness, the disclosure of their logical structures and immanent tensions, the description of their disintegration and their subsequent reconstruction. With the Phenomenology, history entered into philosophical reflection in an entirely new way. Hegel has been productively interpreted by thinkers from a diverse range of traditions. These appropriations – idealist, materialist, existentialist, socialist, political, economic – have remained immensely influential for social, ethical and political thought.

Now, 200 years after it was first published, how should we understand its legacy as an object of fascination, bewilderment and inspiration?

The aim of this conference is not primarily to explore the structure, method, and content of this inexhaustible text. Rather, we invite papers which address the way in which the Phenomenology of Spirit has functioned as an inspiration, an example, and perhaps a warning for later thinkers. We are equally interested in papers which deal with topics from the fields of enquiry opened up by Hegel.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Karin de Boer (Groningen)
“Hegel’s Antigone and the Tragedy of Cultural Difference”

Dr. Wayne Martin (Essex)
“Hegel’s Failed Confessional Enterprise

Graduate Speakers

James Bahoh (Duquesne University)
What Difference Does Hegel Make? An Examination of the Status of Difference in Hegel’s System of Philosophy

Francesco Berto (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
The Legacy of Hegel’s Method from the Phenomenology to the Logic

Jody Clark (University of Essex)
The uses and disadvantages of Nietzsche for anti-Hegelian purposes: a case study on Deleuze’s Nietzsche and Philosophy

Phillipe Langlois (Université de Montréal)
Thinking Content in Hegel and Adorno

Molly MacDonald (Queen Mary, University of London)
Transforming Meaning Back into ‘Energy’: Hegel, Psychoanalysis and the Concept of Force

Eric J. Mohr (Duquesne University)
Criticizing Consciousness: The Question of the Finite Subject in Hegel and Ricoeur

Peter Odabachian (Université de Montréal )
Thinking Historicity with Hegel and Gadamer

Julia Peters (University College, London)
Hegel’s Non-Speculative Theory of Art

Craig Reeves (University of Essex)
Bhaskar’s Critical Realist Dialectics and the Phenomenology of Spirit

Henry Somers-Hall (University of Warwick)
Recognition and Representation in Hegel, Sartre and Deleuze

Titus Stahl (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main)
A Libertarian Reading of the Struggle for Recognition

Herbert de Vriese (Universiteit Antwerpen)
The Role of Jean-Baptiste Carrier in Hegel’s Analysis of the Terror

Booking Information

The cost of admission for the day is as follows:

Waged £16.00
Unwaged/Students £12.00
Essex Students £6.00

The conference fee includes tea/coffee and a buffet meal in the evening.

Please direct all queries to pygradc@essex.ac.uk

With best wishes,

Rob Farrow
[On behalf of the organizers]

Robert Farrow, M.A.
Editorial Office Manager
Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Essex CO4 3SQ