Oxford Hegel Workshop 2013. Exploring Hegel’s Psychology

2nd International Oxford Hegel Workshop

Exploring Hegel’s Psychology

Friday 6th December, 2013

Sutro Room, Trinity College, Oxford


Hegel’s Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences addresses the topic of psychology in the last part of the ‘Philosophy of subjective Spirit ’. This section has been virtually neglected in comparison with other parts of Hegel’s system, and this is quite surprising in consideration of the importance of the issues faced within. In his Psychology Hegel deals with the activity of the theoretical, practical and free mind. He presents his views on a variety of topics: sensation, intuition, habits, madness, language etc. This part of Hegel’s investigation into the notion of ‘Geist’ – which is translated into English by using either ‘spirit’ or ‘mind’, each with different connotations – bears the potential to challenge our modern understanding of the philosophy of mind.

This workshop is meant to be a forum for presenting various works-in-progress and to bring together philosophers from different backgrounds. The aim of the workshop is to discuss the possible contribution of Hegel’s thought to prominent current debates. The workshop has received financial support from the Hegel Society of Great Britain and the Mind Association.



9.00 Opening

9.15-10.15 Michael Inwood (Oxford), Hegel on Physiognomy and Phrenology


Part I – Theoretical Mind

10.15-11.15 Luca Corti (Padova / Chicago), Conceptualism, Non-Conceptualism and the Method of Hegel’s Psychology

Coffee Break

11.45-12.45 Lucia Ziglioli (Oxford / Pavia), The Objectivity of Knowing. An Inquiry into Hegel’s Philosophical Psychology


14.00-15.00 Elisa Magrì (Scuola Normale di Pisa), The Place of Habit in Hegel’s Psychology

 Part II – Practical and Free Mind

15.00-16.00 Susanne Herrmann-Sinai (Leipzig / Oxford), What does the Location of the Section on Practical Mind within Hegel’s System tell us about its Content?

Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Sebastian Stein (Heidelberg), Hegel’s Solution to the Theory-Praxis Problem: The Transition from Subjective into Objective Spirit

17.30-18.30 Louise Braddock (Cambridge), Freud, Hegel and the Mind, and Philosophy as Retrieval.


♦ Registration is free and open until Sunday 1st December. (For registration, please write an e-mail with your contact details to lucia.ziglioli(at)  or to susanne.herrmann-sinai(at) Papers to be given will be circulated one week before the workshop. Speakers will only provide a brief introduction to their papers, thus freeing up valuable time for discussion.♦

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