Frantz Fanon: An African Reading of Hegel

  • M. A. R. Habib


This chapter analyzes the response to Hegel’s views on Africa by postcolonial theorists, focusing on Frantz Fanon. It shows how Fanon effectively rewrites Hegel’s master-slave dialectic, and how the Hegelian notion of recognition is central to both Fanon’s account of the “black man” as a construction of “white” ideology, and his political agenda for achieving humanity in a necessarily reciprocal fashion. Fanon provides a transition to the next section of the book inasmuch as he makes a connection between the imperialistic and Eurocentric nature of Hegel’s dialectic and the institution of slavery.


Hegel and Fanon Fanon on master-slave dialectic White ideology 


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  3. Villet, Charles. 2011. Hegel and Fanon on the Question of Mutual Recognition: A Comparative Analysis. Journal of Pan African Studies 4 (7): 43.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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