RRP: $40 (AUD)
Format: 216x140 mm (5.5x8.5 in) Paperback
Pub. Date: January 2011
This study presents an original interpretation of the meaning and complex inter-relationship of the concepts of love, sexuality, family and the law. It argues that they should be understood as forms of interplay between the subjective and the objective, necessity and contingency and unity and difference. A comprehensive elaboration of these forms is to be found in Hegel’s Science of Logic—the conclusions of which he used to organise his ethical and political thought. The argument is introduced with a discussion of the relevance of Hegel’s speculative philosophy to modernity. The authors then explore the relationship between thought, being and recognition in Hegel’s philosophical system and offer an interpretation of the Science of Logic. This interpretation forms the basis of a re-assessment of Hegel’s treatment of love, sexual relationships, the family and law. A Hegelian account of familial love is employed to review recent debates within a range of discourses, including feminism, family law and gay and lesbian studies. As well as addressing current concerns about sexual difference and the ontology of homosexuality, the study provides a guide to reading Hegel in an original and productive way. It will be of interest to philosophers, feminists, theorists of sexualities, ethical and legal theorists.
2. The essential nature and current condition of modernity
3. The modern turn to speculative philosophy
4. The development of the notion in Hegel’s Logic
5. The judgement, the syllogism and objectivity in Hegel’s Logic
6. The categories of logic and real philosophy
7. The categorical syllogism and the concepts of family, love and intersubjective identity
8. The family and personality: marriage and intersubjective identities
9. The family and personality: family capital, children and the family’s dissolution
10. Sexism, heteronormativity and plural sexualities
11. The family and the law
‘This is an interesting and significantly valuable example of how Hegel’s Logic can be applied to his own interpretation of his time to produce a contemporary Hegelian view of our world and its problems. The authors show that by the Logic of the family, as conceived by Hegel, contemporary views about same-sex and single-parent families can be justified and defended. The male-dominance and heterosexual orientation taken for granted by Hegel’s own world is not mandated by the Logic. I find their argument completely convincing. They demonstrate beyond dispute that Hegel’s speculative philosophy remains relevant for us, and very fruitful in its applications.’ — H. S. Harris, author of Hegel’s Ladder and Hegel’s Development.
About the Author
Toula Nicolacopoulos and George Vassilacopoulos teach in the philosophy programme at LaTrobe University.