Gayatri Spivak: An “Indian” Reading of Hegel

  • M. A. R. Habib


This chapter looks at an “Indian” reading of Hegel by the noted postcolonial and feminist critic Gayatri Spivak. Here, as in many of her writings, Spivak rejects any outright opposition between East and West or colonized and colonizer. She argues in fact that there is a kind of complicity between Hegel and the Bhagavad Gitā in that they both suspend history as lived experience in favor of general laws, each with an ideological interest. The Gitā aims to give sanction to the Indian hierarchical caste system, while Hegel suppresses the actual development of Indian history and aesthetics in his attempt to demote it. Nonetheless, according to Spivak, there is no historically available authentic Indian point of view that can somehow reclaim its place in the narrative of world history.


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

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