Hegel and the Misadventures of Consciousness: On Comedy and Revolutionary Partisanship

  • Jamila M. H. MascatEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


Hegel was the first major philosophical figure to put comedy on top of the classic triad of genres, above epic and tragedy. Moreover, as has been suggested by thinkers as different as Jacques Lacan, Bertolt Brecht, and Judith Butler, Hegel’s dialectics itself could be conceived as a real comical performance. Following and expanding this insight on the comicality of the Hegelian dialectic, this contribution aims to explore the peculiar comical texture of the experience of consciousness in the Phenomenology of Spirit. By doing so, the chapter will shed some light on the many existing resonances between the phenomenological itinerary of consciousness and the obstinate practice of revolutionary partisanship.


Comedy Hegel Revolutionary partisanship Objectivity Dialectic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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