Antigone's Ghost: Undoing Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

Hypatia 11 (1):67 - 90 (1996)


This essay argues that Hegel's discussion of the family in "The Ethical Order" section of Phenomenology of Spirit undermines the entire project of that text. Hegel's project demands that every element of consciousness be conceptualizable, and yet, woman, an essential unconscious element of consciousness, is in principle unconceptualizable. The end of the essay attempts to relate Hegel's discussion of the family to contemporary discussions of family values

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Kelly Oliver
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Speculum of the Other Woman.Luce Irigaray - 1985 - Cornell University Press.
An Ethics of Sexual Difference.Luce Irigaray - 1993 - Cornell University Press.
Phenomenology of Spirit.G. W. F. Hegel & A. V. Miller - 1977 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 10 (4):268-271.

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St. Vitus’s Women of Color: Dancing with Hegel.M. Hall Joshua - 2017 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 9 (1).
Antigone's Nature.William Robert - 2010 - Hypatia 25 (2):412 - 436.
Gender and the Ethical Given.Molly Farneth - 2013 - Journal of Religious Ethics 41 (4):643-667.

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