HEGEL CRITIC OF ROUSSEAU. The question of the realism of the political body

2/2017, December ISBN: 978-88-31928-32-8pp. 170 - 184 DOI: 10.19280/P2017-2-009

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In this article, I argue that Hegel’s critique of Rousseau’s conception of general will is not only a particular instance of Hegel’s more global critique of contractualism. Rather, it foreshadows the resumption of the same theoretical project on different speculative grounds: the project to elucidate the conditions for an ontological realism of the political body. Consequently, I shall argue that one may, indeed somewhat paradoxically, speak of a Hegelian realism. This realism appears essentially as the requirement to consider each moment as irreducible. It is precisely this conception of the irreducibility of the general will – and so of the political reality of the collectivity – that Hegel praises in Rousseau while still ultimately deeming his development of it a failure. One may see then the relevance of such a realism for any project in critical philosophy: to consider the political as irreducible, i.e. as autonomous – which is not to say as independent – in relation with the social.

 

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Durieux, Guillaume . "HEGEL CRITIC OF ROUSSEAU. The question of the realism of the political body". Pólemos X. 2. (2017): 170-184 https://www.rivistapolemos.it/hegel-critique-de-rousseau-la-question-du-realisme-du-corps-politique/?lang=en
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Durieux, G. (2017). "HEGEL CRITIC OF ROUSSEAU. The question of the realism of the political body". Pólemos X. (2). 170-184 https://www.rivistapolemos.it/hegel-critique-de-rousseau-la-question-du-realisme-du-corps-politique/?lang=en
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Durieux, Guillaume . 2017. "HEGEL CRITIC OF ROUSSEAU. The question of the realism of the political body". Pólemos X (2). Stamen: 170-184. https://www.rivistapolemos.it/hegel-critique-de-rousseau-la-question-du-realisme-du-corps-politique/?lang=en
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