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The Problem of Nature in Hegel’s Final System

Wes Furlotte

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    Reconsiders Hegel’s system from the perspective of contemporary philosophy

Wes Furlotte critically evaluates Hegel’s philosophy of human freedom in terms of his often-disregarded conception of nature. In doing so, he gives us a new portrait of Hegel’s final system that is surprisingly relevant for our contemporary world, connecting it with recent work in speculative realism and new materialism.

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Part I: Gleaming Leprosy in the Sky
1.The ‘Non-Whole’ of Hegelian Nature: Extrinsicality and the Problems of Sickness and Death
2. The Instability of Space-Time and the Contingency of Necessity
3. The Problem of Nature’s Spurious Infinite within the Register of Animal Life
4. Assimilation and the Problems of Sex, Violence, and Sickness unto Death
Part II: Spirit’s Birth from within the Bio-Material World
5. The Other Hegel: The Anthropology and Spirit’s Birth from within the Bio-Material World
6. Embodiment: Spirit, Material-Maternal Dependence, and the Problem of the In Utero
7. The Nightmare of Reason and Regression into the Night of the World
8.Treatment as (re-)Habitation: from Psychopathology to (re)Actualized Subjectivity
Part III: The Problem of Surplus Repressive Punishment
9. An Introduction to the Problem of Surplus Repressive Punishment
10 Abstract Right: Natural Immediacy within the Matrices of Personhood
11. Criminality, the Negation of Right and the Problem of European Colonial Consciousness
12. Surplus Repressive Punishment, or, Spirit’s Regressive (de-)Actualization
Conclusion: Freedom within Two Natures, or, the Nature-Spirit Dialectic in the Final System

About the Author

Wes Furlotte is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of a journal article in Theoria and Praxis and has a chapter in Rethinking German Idealism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). This is his first book which is based on his PhD thesis.

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