This essay critically engages aspects of Susan Buck-Morss' much acclaimed Hegel, Haiti and Universal History. While appreciating Buck-Morss' scepticism of Europe's presumption of authoritative self-knowledge, the essay raises two principal doubts: the first concerns whether indeed something significant about Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit stands or falls on his knowledge of the Haitian Revolution; and the second concerns her curious reading of C.L.R. James' The Black Jacobins, as mainly “information,” rather than itself an attempt to theorize the Haitian Revolution as universal history.
David Scott; Antinomies of Slavery, Enlightenment, and Universal History. Small Axe 1 November 2010; 14 (3 (33)): 152–162. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-2010-031
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