Epilogue: The Dialectic of Empire

  • M. A. R. Habib


The Epilogue to the book addresses the question of what we can profitably learn from Hegel in a global era, and the potential of his dialectic and his historical scheme to help us understand and articulate some of the salient dilemmas of our own day. A wide range of scholars, including Vincent Descombes and Robert Young, have recognized that Hegel’s dialectic is central to the fierce debates that are still raging within postcolonial and global studies—concerning historiography, the nature of globalization, and the idea of universality. Throughout the preceding chapters, Hegel’s dialectic has emerged as a dialectic of appropriation but also a dialectic of recognition. The book concludes by outlining how this dual nature of the dialectic might serve as a framework for understanding these debates, which revolve around: the idea of history, the connection between universal and particular in historiography, the Hegelian dialectic as an embodiment of colonial thinking, the notion of identity, and the concept of recognition.


Hegel and postcolonial theory Hegel and globalism Hegel and history Universal and particular Potential of Hegel’s dialectic 


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  • M. A. R. Habib
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityCamdenUSA

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