Vol. 41 No. 1 (2021): The body and its surplus

Disembodied idealism? A new reading of Hegel

Stefania Achella
Università degli Studi “Gabriele d’Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara
Teoria, vol 41, issue 1, 2021, cover

Published 2021-06-25


  • Mind-body problem,
  • Embodiment,
  • Physiognomy,
  • Phrenology,
  • Dialectics

How to Cite

Disembodied idealism? A new reading of Hegel. (2021). Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 41(1), 53-70. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v41i1.119


Based on a new reading of some passages of the Phenomenology of Spirit and of the section on Anthropology of the Encyclopedia, the essay aims to provide a comprehensive account of the soul-body relationship in Hegel's philosophy. While dealing with the mind-body problem, on the basis of his dia- lectical understanding of the relationship between nature and spirit, Hegel presents a solution that has still largely remained unacknowledged. By reviewing the most significant passages of his proposal, the essay challenges the traditional interpretation of Hegelian philosophy as a disembodied idealism and reassesses its relationship with the sciences of the time.