: Kistner (U.) & van Haute (P.) eds.

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152pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020


A collection of essays on readings of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and of responses to it in the work of twentieth-century philosophers, particularly Frantz Fanon.

Contributions include:

"Through Alexandre Kojève’s Lens: violence and the dialectic of lordship and bondage in Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks" by Philippe Van Haute

"Hegel’s Lord-Bondsman Dialectic and the African: a critical appraisal of Achille Mbembe’s Colonial Subjects" by Josias Tembo

 "Shards of Hegel: Jean-Paul Sartre’s and Homi K. Bhabha’s readings of The Wretched of the Earth" by Reingard Nethersole.

"This collection of essays turns Hegel right side up. In thrilling yet scholarly style, it identifies the mistranslations and misconceptions surrounding the influential lord-bondsman dialectic—transmitted by Kojève, reproduced by Fanon, and perpetuated by much of postcolonial and decolonial literature. Opening up vital conversations about the nature of human strivings, the moral ambiguity of violence, and the agency of the colonized subject, this book is a necessary rejoinder to the dominance of the French Hegel." Wahbie Long, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, and a Mandela Mellon Fellow of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University

"These essays offer new insights on the conversation that Fanon undertook with the western philosophical tradition and thinkers of his time, especially Hegel through the lens of Kojève. It offers a wonderful and stimulating journey through questions of violence, emancipation and the conquest of one’s own humanity." Felwine Sarr, Anne-Marie Bryan Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies, Duke University

 Ulrike Kistner is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria.

Philippe Van Haute is Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria.