London Branch Seminar
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Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit has frequently been likened to a Bildungsroman. Its remit is to educate ordinary consciousness to the speculative standpoint of philosophy. In my talk I will be concerned, first, to set this idea in the context of a wider concern with the ‘education of mankind’ in the work of Lessing, Schiller and others in the immediate intellectual environment of the young Hegel and, second, to connect Hegel’s conception of education to the philosophical standpoint as it occurs in this and other of his philosophical texts with his own pedagogical practice as a Gymnasium headteacher and university professor.
Christoph Schuringa works primarily in the areas of the history of German philosophy from Kant onwards, and in practical philosophy (philosophy of action/ethics/politics/history). Some current topics of research are Hegel’s conception of Gattungswesen in relation to its further elaboration by Marx and, relatedly, the self-consciousness and universality of the human subject. He has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Leipzig (hosted by Sebastian Rödl) and Pittsburgh (hosted by John McDowell), and currently holds a lectureship in philosophy at New College of the Humanities in London. He is co-editor of the Hegel Bulletin.