The subaltern moment in Hegel's dialectic

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Abstract

I stage the question 'What about dialectics?' by showing Frantz Fanon's insurrectionary fidelity to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and his dialectic. Fanon is an acute and disloyal reader of Hegel, and relentlessly probes the moment of negation in Hegel's dialectic to pry it open for an emancipatory, nonsublative politics of a 'new humanity'. Fanon's attempts to side with the radical implications of otherness disclose the 'subaltern moment' in Hegel's dialectic and leave us a deformed Hegel, profoundly equivocal and no longer easily named (hence, recognized) as the philosopher of synthesis and reconciliation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2578-2587
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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