Indiana University Bloomington

2023-24 Theme: Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

More than two hundred years after it was first published, G.W.F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit continues to be one of the most generative works in the humanities. It is a vital source of thinking for scholars pursuing widely different questions. Far from being revered as a “classic,” it provokes robust contestation. 

This is a challenging text that requires patient study and repays it. It is also large. We therefore devote the entire academic year 2023-24 to an intensive investigation of the Phenomenology. As usual, the Theory Center reading group works collectively to make sense of the text, but from time to time we may rely on invited experts.

The relevance of the Phenomenology to our own moment will inevitably register in the weekly discussions of the text, but it will be the focus of the series of events that are to accompany the reading group. We will be joined by scholars from a range of disciplines who go to the book with entirely different intellectual motivations and aims. Details to follow.


All Center events are open to the public.

Call for Submissions for the William Slaymaker Graduate Essay Prize

Every year, the Theory Center awards the William Slaymaker Graduate Essay Prize of $1,000 for the best essay by an IUB graduate student engaging questions with theoretical import in the humanities. Send submission of up to 7,500 words to Michel Chaouli by February 29.


Symposium on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

The year-long intensive study
of G.W.F. Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit by the Center reading group culminates in a day-long symposium bringing to campus scholars who put this landmark text to strikingly novel uses. Friday, March 29, 2024.-->


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