The emergence of the philosophy of action in Young Hegelian thought

Date: 2 May 2016

Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room R.218 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: The Center for European Philosophy of the University of Antwerp

Short description: Lecture by Raphaël Chappé (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

About the lecture
In his talk, Raphaël Chappé will investigate how Young Hegelian thought, during the years 1830-1840, has dealt with the concept of action. The Young Hegelian project of accomplishing philosophy in history, typical for German Vormärz philosophy, both took its roots in Hegel’s teleological thought and tried to firmly depart from it. With the critique of religion progressively taking the shape of a critique of politics, action ceased to be a merely speculative concept. This evolution reached its subversive climax in Marx’s 1845 conception of revolutionary action.

Yet, between the original impulse of Hegel and the revolutionary outcome in Marx, other theoretical sources have helped to transform the speculative concept of action. Chappé will focus on two major influences: first, the heterodox use of Spinozist tools to build a new concept of action, especially with Moses Hess and August von Cieszkowski, and second, the decisive role played by Feuerbach’s concept of 'Future' (Zukunft) in shaping the philosophical transformation of social reality. Taken together, these elements may shed new light on the emergence of the ‘philosophy of action’ in Young Hegelian thought.

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