hegelpd takes a summer holiday. In this period we will be sharing recent essays and reviews by our research group.
We are glad to share the article Composting Contemporary Metaphilosophy with Feminist Philosophical Perspectives: Towards an Account of Philosophy’s Concreteness by Giovanna Miolli. This article was published in the journal «Verifiche» (vol.2, 2022)
Against the charge of abstractness leveled at philosophy, in this article, I argue for philosophy’s concreteness. To this end, I compost perspectives from contemporary metaphilosophy with feminist philosophical proposals (particularly, I refer to bell hooks, Rosi Braidotti, Kristie Dotson, and Donna J. Haraway). In sections 2 and 3, I present my theoretical tools: compost methodology and a Hegel-inspired notion of concreteness, which includes features such as complexity, involvement in transformative processes, intrinsic relationality, explanatory power, and effectiveness. I then outline how such characters are involved in (a) practicing (meta)philosophical theory and (b) producing philosophical methodologies. Specifically, in sections 4, 5, and 6, I consider the ‘real consequences’ of doing philosophy in terms of creating systems of relationships between people, concepts, and knowledges, while in section 7 and its subsections, I examine an innovative aspect of feminist methodology, its emphasis on combining critique with imagination. I discuss how this feature operates at the intersection of cartographic and genealogical methods and in the use of figurations. Based on my analysis in this section, I expose philosophy’s capacity to produce ‘content- methodologies’ as performative models to be inhabited and activated.
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