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The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic

7 July - 18 August 2024

INR 5,000


INR 3,000

For Students

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM IST

Worldwide Registration Open


Online via Zoom

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BICAR announces BICAR Reads, a weekend reading group, which will work through a book or a structured set of texts in continental philosophy and/or critical theory. 


The first text we will take up is  Catherine Malabou’s The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic (Routledge, 2004)


About the book:


The Future of Hegel restores Hegel's rich and complex concepts of time and temporality to contemporary philosophy. It examines his concept of time, relating it to perennial topics in philosophy such as substance, accident and the identity of the subject. Malabou also contrasts her account of Hegelian temporality with the interpretation given by Heidegger in Being and Time, arguing that it is the concept of 'plasticity' that best describes Hegel's theory of temporality. The future is understood not simply as a moment in time, but as something malleable and constantly open to change through our interpretation. The book also develops Hegel's preoccupation with the history of Greek thought and Christianity and explores the role of theology in his thought. Essential reading for those interested in Hegel and contemporary continental philosophy, The Future of Hegel is also fascinating to those interested in the ideas of Heidegger and Derrida.

We’ll meet every other Sunday (fortnightly) from 6:30 - 8:30 pm IST on Zoom having read in advance the assigned sections of the text.


7 July: ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1-20) 


21 July: 'PART I. Hegel on Man: Fashioning a Second Nature’ (pp. 23-76) 


4 August: 'PART II. Hegel on God: The Turn of Double Nature’ (pp. 79-130) 


18 August: 'PART III. Hegel on the Philosopher or, Two Forms of the Fall’ (pp. 133-193) 


Rohit Goel is Director/Professor of the Bombay Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). He is the editor of Future Perfect: Catastrophe and Redemption in the Contemporary (Kaph 2023) and the co-editor of Lacan contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, Politics (Bloomsbury 2019). Rohit has taught courses in critical theory, historiography, and politics at the University of Chicago, Sciences Po Paris, the American University of Beirut, and Jnanapravaha Mumbai. He received the Fulbright IIE and Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowships to pursue years of Arabic language study in Syria and was awarded the Fulbright DDRA and Andrew C. Mellon Fellowship for PhD dissertation research in primary sources in Lebanon. He completed his BA from Harvard College and, as Harvard University’s Paul Williams Fellow to Emmanuel College, was granted an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Rutwij Nakhwa is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at IIT Bombay. Since 2018, he has taught courses and conducted guest lectures at the Mass Media Department of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. For years, Rutwij worked in India’s film festival circuit as a journalist and in curation, subtitling, casting, and layout design, and has written on cinema for The Hindu. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Practice from Jnanapravaha Mumbai (2018) and a Bachelor’s in Mass Media (Journalism) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai (2017).

Refund Policy

We will refund your mode of payment — minus a 25% processing fee — if you choose not to take this course after the first session. Or, you can ‘roll over’ your balance to another or future BICAR course without a fee deduction.


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