Friday, October 03, 2008

Aakash Singh and Rimina Mohapatra: All of Hegel’s major Introductions in one place

Reading Hegel
the introductions
G.W.F. Hegel
Edited by Aakash Singh and Rimina Mohapatra

Bringing together for the first time all of G.W.F. Hegel’s major Introductions in one place, this book ambitiously attempts to present readers with Hegel’s systematic thought through his Introductions alone.The Editors articulate to what extent, precisely, Hegel’s Introductions truly reflect his philosophic thought as a whole. Certainly each of Hegel’s Introductions can stand alone, capturing a facet of his overarching idea of truth. But compiled all together, they serve to lay out the intricate tapestry of Hegel’s thought, woven with a dialectic that progresses from one book to another, one philosophical moment to another.

Hegel’s reflections on philosophy, religion, aesthetics, history, and law—all included here—have profoundly influenced many subsequent thinkers, from post-Hegelian idealists or materialists like Karl Marx, to the existentialism of Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre; from the phenomenological tradition of Edmund Husserl to Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida and other post-moderns, to thinkers farther afield, like Japan’s famous Kyoto School or India’s Aurobindo.

This book provides the opportunity to discern how the ideas of these later thinkers may have originally germinated in Hegel’s writings, as well as to penetrate Hegel’s worldview in his own words, his grand architecture of the journey of the Spirit.

AAKASH SINGH is a Research Professor at the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics (Luiss University, Rome), specializing in International Legal and Political Philosophy. He is author of Eros Turannos, and Editor of several books, including Buddhism and the Contemporary World:An Ambedkarian Perspective, and L’Inde à la conquete de la liberté.

RIMINA MOHAPATRA studied Philosophy at Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College. She has been a Junior Research Fellow of the University Grants Commission of India and a Junior Specialist at the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.Though professionally working as an Editor at Routledge, she is spending all her spare time formulating and compiling a second collection of Hegel’s writings, to be published in 2009.
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