De/Constituting WholesTowards Partiality Without PartsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2017
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Cite as: Jamila M.H. Mascat, ‘Hegel and the Ad-venture of the Totality’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 131–49 <>

Hegel and the Ad-venture of the TotalityJamila M.H. MascatORCID

Keywords: Totality (philosophy); History; Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich; Knowledge; Plasticity; Time; Contingency (philosophy)



Althusser’s criticism of Hegel’s conception of totality can be traced throughout all his works, starting from his early dissertation, written in 1947 and entitled Du contenu dans la pensée de G.W.F. Hegel. The Hegelian totality, understood here mainly as a historical achievement, is analyzed and questioned with the purpose of disclosing the peculiar relationship established between its form and content.


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