After Phenomenology

After Phenomenology wants to engage more broadly with and dive more deeply into intellectual traditions that come after the Phenomenology of Spirit by Hegel. In short, the shadow of Hegel looms over our methods of thinking and reasoning. What does it truly mean to write after Phenomenology or to think post-phenomenologically? What happens once the comfortable foreground of the φαινὁμενον (phenomenon) has been lifted and no longer offers a place to hide? Michel Foucault himself was one of Hegel’s most important readers, writing, somewhat apologetically, in the Archeology of Knowledge: “But truly to escape Hegel involves an exact appreciation of the price we have to pay to detach ourselves from him. It assumes that we are aware of the extent to which Hegel, insidiously perhaps, is close to us; it implies a knowledge, in that which permits us to think against Hegel, of that which remains Hegelian. We have to determine the extent to which our anti-Hegelianism is possibly one of his tricks directed against us, at the end of which he stands, motionless, waiting for us.” This sets the stage to debate philosophical treatises of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, political theories by Hannah Arendt and Giorgio Agamben, and theory more generally as put forth by – of course! – Jacques Derrida and the Yale School of Deconstruction, who all reckon with intellectual struggles after phenomenology.