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Il tema della razza in Hegel e la sua influenza nel rapporto Herrschaft-Knechtschaft (2015)


This paper analyzes the thesis proposed independently by Susan Buck-Morss and by Pierre-Franklin Tavarès, according to whom the victorious revolution of the slaves in Saint-domingue against their masters would have provided Hegel with significant materials for conceiving the Herrschaft-Knechtschaft (master–slave) relationship described in the Phänomenologie des Geistes (1807). after documenting that the revolution in Saint-domingue, which later became Haiti, had a great echo not only in the french and English press, but also in the German one, and after showing that Hegel was a keen reader of the daily press, his references to the Herr-Knecht relationship have been analyzed, as well as his observations on slavery and his considerations on the black “race.” the conclusions of the above analyses is that there are no clear elements supporting the thesis stated by the two authors and, in particular, that Hegel’s considerations on the black “race” make it very unlikely that the revolution of Saint-domingue could have been a source of inspiration for the formulation of the Herr-Knecht relationship.

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Authors & Contributors
Paolo Conte
Sparks, Randy J.
Mooney, Katherine C.
Newman, Brooke N.
Charles, Jean Max
Evans, Jazmin Antwynette
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of Black Studies
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Comparative Studies in Society and History
Pickering & Chatto
Temple University
Yale University Press
University of Illinois Press
University of Georgia Press
Princeton University Press
Science and race
African Americans
Darwin, Charles Robert
Malthus, Thomas Robert
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Kant, Immanuel
Humboldt, Alexander von
Bernier, François
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
21st century
17th century
United States
Haiti (Caribbean)
Southern states (U.S.)
Jamaica (Caribbean)

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