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Hegel and the Third World
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Hegel, more than any other modern Western philosopher, produced the most systematic case for the superiority of Western white Protestant bourgeois modernity. He established a racially structured ladder of gradation of the peoples of the world, putting Germanic people at the top of the racial pyramid, people of Asia in the middle, and Africans and indigenous peoples of the Americas and Pacific Islands at the bottom. In Hegel and the Third World, Tibebu guides the reader through Hegel’s presentation on universalism and argues that such a classification flows in part from Hegel’s philosophy of the development of human consciousness. Hegel classified Africans as people arrested at the lowest and most immediate stage of consciousness, that of the senses; Asians as people with divided consciousness, that of the understanding; and Europeans as people of reason. Tibebu demonstrates that Hegel’s views were not his alone but reflected the fundamental beliefs of other major figures of Western thought at the time.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxviii
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  1. 1. The Hegel Controversy
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Part One: Dialectic of Nature and Spirit
  2. pp. 23-129
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  1. 2. Nature and Spirit
  2. pp. 25-41
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  1. 3. The Struggle for Recognition: The Dialectic of Lordship and Bondage
  2. pp. 42-73
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  1. 4. Race, Gender, and Class
  2. pp. 74-129
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  1. Part Two: Philosophy of History
  2. p. 131
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  1. 5. Philosophy of History
  2. pp. 133-170
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  1. 6. Africa: The Domain of the Senses
  2. pp. 171-229
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  1. 7. The Orient: The Ferment of the Understanding
  2. pp. 230-296
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  1. 8. The Greco-Germanic World: The Home of Self-Conscious Reason
  2. pp. 297-323
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 324-351
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  1. References
  2. pp. 355-373
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 375-409
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  1. Back Cover
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