Antigone’s Dissidence: Bringing Hegelian Dialectics and the Kantian Sublime to the Limit
Elena Tzelepis, “Antigone’s Dissidence: Bringing Hegelian Dialectics and the Kantian Sublime to the Limit”, in Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Feminist Philosophy, ed. by Susanne Lettow and Tuija Pulkkinen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, pp. 249-270.
About this chapter
Can Antigone’s passionate claim be reconciled in a Hegelian synthesis that relies on the presumptions of universality and progressivity, on binary oppositions, and on a final recovery of coherence? Ηow do we theorize the feminine as not transcending symbolic representation, but also deconstructing the phallogocentric symbolization of the “woman”? Antigone perverts the universal and its norms of property/propriety. She exemplifies a political agency fraught with ambivalence. She troubles the Aufhebung understood as a sublation whereby all contradictions are overcome. She inflects dialectics by showing toward an ethicopolitics of both autonomy and heteronomy, of both vulnerability and monstrosity. Antigone unsettles Kant’s notion of the sublime as well as Hegel’s formulation of the dialectic. The claim conveyed by her dissidence is neither merely aesthetic nor merely dialectic.
About this book
This book gives a comprehensive overview of the ways in which the relation between German Idealism and feminist philosophy has been explored. It demonstrates the significance of German Idealism for feminist philosophy, and simultaneously brings out the relevance of feminist readings and interpretations for a critical understanding of German Idealism.
About the symposium and book launch
German Idealism and Feminist Philosophy, 3 November 2023, 10:00–18:00
Friedrichstrasse 153a (3rd floor), Berlin
Session I: Kant and Feminist Philosophy
Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou; Dilek Huseyinzadegan; Lina Papadaki; Herta Nagt-Docekal
11:30–12:00 Coffee break
Session II: Hegel and Feminist Philosophy
Elena Tzelepis; Jamila Mascat; Shannon Hoff; Tuija Pulkkinen
13:30–15:00 Lunch break
Session III: Nature and Gender in German Idealism: Kant, Schelling, Schleiermacher and Schopenhauer
Friederike Kuster; Susanne Lettow; Helen Zorgdrager; Christine Battersby
16:30–17:00 General discussion