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Stephen Houlgate

The focus of my current work is Hegel's Phenomenology. I am writing an introduction to this text for Continuum and this work will keep me occupied for the rest of this academic year (2010-11). Then from October 2011 I shall be on research leave for three years (supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship). During the period of my leave, I shall be writing a book on Hegel's Science of Logic (concentrating in particular on the doctrine of essence and the doctrine of the concept). I hope to continue teaching both my MA modules (on Hegel's Phenomenology and on Hegel's Logic) in each of the next three years.

Beyond the Phenomenology, I am also interested in pursuing Hegel's claim that his speculative logic (set out in the Science of Logic) develops immanently and in contesting Heidegger's assertion that Hegel thinks ‘in accordance with a predetermined idea of being’ (an assertion endorsed by Derrida and Deleuze, amongst others). Part of my project is thus to show that many post-Hegelian philosophers seriously misunderstand the Hegel from which they seek to distance themselves. However, I am also interested in the often overlooked similarities between Hegel, Heidegger and Derrida, in particular regarding the deconstruction of the idea of ‘essence’ or ‘ground’ (a deconstruction carried out by Hegel in the logic of essence). Beyond the Logic, I work on Hegel's political philosophy, aesthetics and philosophy of religion; and beyond Hegel, I am especially interested in the thought of Spinoza, Kant, Fichte and Nietzsche, and in the theory of tragedy from Aristotle to the present.

Selected Publications

  • Hegel, Nietzsche and the Criticism of Metaphysics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986)
  • ed. Hegel and the Philosophy of Nature (Albany, NY: SUNY, 1998)
  • ed. The Hegel Reader (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998)
  • An Introduction to Hegel. Freedom, Truth and History, 2nd edition (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005) [includes five new chapters on the Phenomenology, the philosophy of nature and the philosophy of subjective spirit]
  • The Opening of Hegel's Logic. From Being to Infinity (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2006)
  • ed. Hegel and the Arts (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2007)
  • ed. G.W.F. Hegel: Outlines of the Philosophy of Right (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • ‘Kant, Nietzsche and the “Thing in Itself”’, Nietzsche-Studien 22 (1993)
  • ‘Vision, Reflection and Openness: The “Hegemony of Vision” from a Hegelian Point of View’, in Modernity and the Hegemony of Vision, ed. David Levin (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993)
  • ‘Hegel, Kant and the Formal Distinctions of Reflective Understanding’, in Hegel on the Modern World, ed. A. Collins (Albany: SUNY Press, 1994)
  • 'The Unity of Theoretical and Practical Spirit in Hegel's Concept of Freedom', in The Review of Metaphysics 48, 4 (1995)
  • ‘Necessity and Contingency in Hegel’s Science of Logic’, The Owl of Minerva 27:1 (1995)
  • ‘Hegel, Derrida and Restricted Economy: The Case of Mechanical Memory’, Journal of the History of Philosophy 34, 1 (1996)
  • 'Hegel and the "End" of Art', in The Owl of Minerva 29, 1 (1997)
  • ‘Hegel's Critique of Foundationalism in the “Doctrine of Essence”’, in German Philosophy since Kant, ed. A. O'Hear (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • ‘Schelling's Critique of the Science of Logic’, The Review of Metaphysics 53, 1 (1999)
  • ‘Substance, Causality, and the Question of Method in Hegel's Science of Logic’, in The Reception of Kant's Critical Philosophy: Fichte, Schelling and Hegel, ed. S. Sedgwick (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

  • 'Hegel and the Art of Painting', in Hegel and Aesthetics, ed. W. Maker (Albany: SUNY Press, 2000)

  • ‘G.W.F. Hegel’, in The Blackwell Guide to the Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche, ed. S.M. Emmanuel (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)

  • 'Hegel, Rawls and the Rational State', in Beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism: Studies in Hegel's Philosophy of Right, ed. R. Williams (Albany: SUNY Press, 2001)
  • 'G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit', in The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy, ed. R. Solomon (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003) [essay on desire, recognition and the master/slave dialectic]
  • 'G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (1807): Thinking Philosophically Without Begging the Question', in The Classics of Western Philosophy, ed. J. Gracia (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003)
  • 'Religion, Morality and Forgiveness in Hegel's Philosophy of Religion', in Philosophy and Religion in German Idealism, eds. E.-O. Onnasch and P. Cruysberghs (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004)

Hegel Society of America Home Page

Hegel Society of Great Britain Home Page

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (article on Hegel's aesthetics)