My book, Hegel’s Concept of Life: Self-Consciousness, Freedom, Logic (Oxford, 2020), is a systematic defense of the centrality of the concept of life for understanding the key tenets of Hegel’s philosophy, and in particular, for an understanding of his Science of Logic. In addition to offering a new interpretation of Hegel’s idealism, my book also reconsiders the development of post-Kantian thought in light of the concept of life, charting the influence of Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hölderlin on the development of Hegel’s philosophy.
In addition to my research in post-Kantian philosophy, I am also interested in the ongoing influence of Hegel and Marx for critical social theory, particularly as their legacies help us to understand the relation between human beings and nature, possibilities and failures of mutual recognition, and conceptions of progress and critique. In 2018, I was an instructor at the Critical Theory Summer School in Berlin on the topic of Rethinking Ideology, and a research fellow at the Center for Humanities and Social Change at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I am currently at work on a project that reconsiders the philosophical importance of the concept of species-being (Gattungswesen). In July 2020 I will be a visiting researcher at the Dahlem Humanities Center at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Publications (link to pdfs)
- “Science of Logic as Critique of Judgment? Reconsidering Pippin’s Hegel,” European Journal of Philosophy 27 (2019): 1055–1064.
- “Social Freedom as Ideology,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 45:7 (2019): 795–818.
- “Life and the Space of Reasons: On Hegel’s Subjective Logic,” Hegel-Bulletin 40:1 (2019): 121–142.
- “Life and Mind in Hegel’s Logic and Subjective Spirit,” Hegel-Bulletin 39:1 (2018): 23–44.
- “Leben, Selbstbewusstsein, Negativität. Zum Verständnis von Hegels These der Speculativen Identität,” Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 64:4 (2016): 522–550.
- “Ideology Critique from Hegel and Marx to Critical Theory,” Constellations 22:3 (September 2015): 393–404.
- “Hegel’s Logic of Actuality,” Review of Metaphysics 63:1 (September 2009): 139–72.
- Chapter on the Philosophy of Nature, in Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the German Tradition (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
- “Forget the Nightmare: Materialism and Second-Order Critique,” in Analyzing Ideology: Rethinking the Concept, ed. Robin Celikates, Sally Haslanger, and Jason Stanley (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
- “Public Opinion and Ideology in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,” in Freedom, Right, Revolution: Practical Philosophy Between Kant and Hegel, ed. James Clarke and Gabriel Gottlieb (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
- “From Actuality to Concept in Hegel’s Logic,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hegel, ed. Dean Moyar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 270–291. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199355228.013.13.
- “Hegel and Adorno on Negative Universal History: The Dialectics of Species-Life,” in Creolizing Hegel, ed. Michael Monahan (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), pp. 113–133. (refereed)
- “Human Plurality and Precarious Life: Problems in Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Judgment,” in Thinking the Plural: Richard Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy, ed. Megan Craig and Marcia Morgan (New York: Lexington Books, 2017), pp. 21–36. (refereed)
- “Life, Self-Consciousness, Negativity: Understanding Hegel’s Speculative Identity Thesis,” in The Freedom of Life: Hegelian Perspectives, ed. Thomas Khurana (Berlin: August Verlag, 2013), pp. 33–67.
- “Back to Adorno: Critical Theory’s Problem of Normative Grounding,” review of Amy Allen’s The End of Progress, Current Perspectives in Social Theory 36 (2020): 49–59.
- Review of James Kreines’ Reason in the World: Hegel’s Metaphysics and its Philosophical Appeal, in Philosophical Review 127:3 (2018): 399–408.
- Review of Wendell Kisner’s Ecological Ethics and Living Subjectivity in Hegel’s Logic, in Hegel-Studien 49 (2016): 237–240.
- Review of Clark Butler’s The Dialectical Method: A Treatise Hegel Never Wrote, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (01/13/2013), http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/36848-the-dialectical-method-a-treatise-hegel-never-wrote/.
- Review of Richard Dien Winfield’s Hegel and Mind: Rethinking Philosophical Psychology, Hegel-Bulletin 33:1 (January 2012): 88–101.
- Review of Robert Stern’s Hegelian Metaphysics, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 31:2 (2010): 443–449.
- “Reflections on an Impossible Life,” review of Detlev Claussen’s Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius, Telos 150 (2010): 170–175.
- Review of John Sallis’ The Verge of Philosophy, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 29:2 (2008): 203–208.
- “The Significance of §§76 and 77 of the Critique of Judgment for the Development of Post-Kantian Philosophy (Part 1/Part 2),” translation, with Matthew Congdon, of Eckart Förster’s “Die Bedeutung von §§76, 77 der Kritik der Urteilskraft für die Entwicklung der nachkantischen Philosophie (Teil I/Teil II),” Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung 56:2/56:3 (2002), in Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 30:2/31:2 (2009/2010).
- Article for the APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophy, special issue on “What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher of Asian Descent?” 20:1 (Fall 2020).
- Entry on “Life,” in The Cambridge Kant Lexicon, ed. Julian Wuerth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), accepted and awaiting proofs.
- “What can we learn from a philosophy of nature today?” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, “From the Archives” Blog Post (May 2016), http://blogs.newschool.edu/graduate-faculty-philosophy-journal/2016/05/05/what-can-we-learn-from-a-philosophy-of-nature-today-karen-ng/.
Works in Progress
- “An Organic Model of Schematism: A Post-Kantian Approach to Kant’s Theory of Judgment”
- “Species-Being and Social Critique: In Defense of a Neglected Concept”