David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Critical Horizons 6 (1):183-204 (2005)
This paper challenges the commonly made claim that the work of Pierre Bourdieu is fundamentally anti-Hegelian in orientation. In contrast, it argues that the development of Bourdieu's work from its earliest structuralist through its later 'post-structuralist' phase is better described in terms of a shift from a late nineteenth century neo-Kantian to a distinctly Hegelian post-Kantian outlook. In his break with structuralism, Bourdieu appealed to a bodily based 'logic of practice' to explain the binaristic logic of Lévi-Strauss' structuralist analyses of myth. Effectively working within the tradition of the Durkheimian approach to symbolic classification, Lévi-Strauss had inherited Durkheim's distinctly neo-Kantian understanding of the role of categories in experience and action—an account that conflated two forms of representation—'intuitions' and 'concepts—that Kant himself had held distinct. Bourdieu's appeal to the role of the body's dispositional habitus can be considered as a retrieval of Hegel's earlier quite different reworking of Kant's intuition-concept distinction in terms of distinct 'logics' with different forms of 'negation'. Bourdieu commonly acknowledged the parallels of his analyses of social life to those of Hegel, but opposed Hegelianism because he believed that Hegel had remained entrapped within the dynamics of mythopoeic thought. In contrast, Durkheim and Lévi-Strauss, he claimed, by instituting a science of myth, had broken with it. This criticism of Hegel, however, relies on an understanding of his philosophy that has been rejected by many contemporary Hegel scholars, and without it, the gap separating Hegel and Bourdieu narrows dramatically.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Robert Stern (1999). Going Beyond the Kantian Philosophy: On McDowell's Hegelian Critique of Kant. European Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):247–269.
Roger Foster (2005). Pierre Bourdieu’s Critique of Scholarly Reason. Philosophy and Social Criticism 31 (1):89-107.
Ernst Wolff (2010). Technicity of the Body as Part of the Socio-Technical System: The Contributions of Mauss and Bourdieu. Theoria 76 (2):167-187.
Anthony King (2000). Thinking with Bourdieu Against Bourdieu: A 'Practical' Critique of the Habitus. Sociological Theory 18 (3):417-433.
Pierre Bourdieu (2007/2008). Sketch for a Self-Analysis. University of Chicago Press.
Jeannine Verdès-Leroux (2001). Deconstructing Pierre Bourdieu: Against Sociological Terrorism From the Left. Algora.
Frederic Vandenberghe (1999). "The Real is Relational": An Epistemological Analysis of Pierre Bourdieu's Generative Structuralism. Sociological Theory 17 (1):32-67.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads46 ( #43,604 of 1,679,372 )
Recent downloads (6 months)19 ( #11,822 of 1,679,372 )
How can I increase my downloads?