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Allegra deLaurentiis

Allegra de Laurentiis


Ph.D. Universität Frankfurt, Germany, 1982
M.A. Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany, 1978
Laurea in Filosofia, Università la Sapienza, Roma, 1975

Harriman Hall 207
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750

Tel: (631) 632-7570



Areas of Specialization: Nineteenth century, especially Hegel's system (foci: Science of Logic, Philosophy of Spirit, Philosophy of Right); Ancient Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle (foci: De Anima and parts of Physics and Metaphysics); and Hegel's interpretation of Greek philosophy. Areas of Competence include issues in eighteenth and nineteenth century moral and political philosophy; Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) and his Philosophy of History; Marx and Marxisms; and, Globalization studies.

Born in Rome, Italy, she studied philosophy in Tübingen, Rome and Frankfurt. She earned her Laurea in Filosofia in 1975 at the Università la Sapienza, Roma, with a thesis on N. Goodman and W.v.O. Quine. She completed her German doctorate at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt in 1982 with a dissertation on Marx’s relation to Kantian and Hegelian philosophy (published with Peter Lang Publishers in 1985).

She taught at Villanova University (1987-1990) and Miami University of Ohio (1990-1994) before joining the faculty at Stony Brook in 1994 as a Lecturer and eventually as Assistant Professor. In 2019 she was promoted to full Professor in the Philosophy Department.

De Laurentiis’ research centers on Hegel’s Aristotelianism, nineteenth-century philosophical anthropologies, the philosophy of history, and philosophical conceptions of right in Kant, Hegel and Marx. Her undergraduate teaching at SBU encompasses introductory courses in logic and western philosophy, as well as upper levels in modern political philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, and metaphysics. Her graduate teaching includes nineteenth-century political philosophy, philosophical anthropology, metaphysics and aesthetics, as well as selected works by Aristotle.


Professor Allegra deLaurentii's CV

Hegel Society of America



Selected Publications

Subjects in the Ancient and Modern world: On Hegel’s Theory of Subjectivity (monograph; Palgrave-MacMillan 2005);

The Bloomsbury Companion to Hegel  (co-editor; 2013);

Hegel and Metaphysics. On Logic and Ontology in the System  (editor; DeGruyter, 2016);

Arbeiten zu Hegel und verwandten Themen, vol. 3 of   Manfred Baum. Kleine Schriften (co-edited with Jeffrey Edwards), W. DeGruyter, 2020;



Selected Articles & Book Chapters

"Aristotle in the Nineteenth Century: the Case of Goethe's Study of Life." Idealistic Studies, 30:2, 2000, pp. 107-119.

"Kant's Shameful Proposition. A Hegel-Inspired Criticism of Kant's Theory of Domestic Right." International Philosophical Quarterly, XL:3, no. 159, 2000, pp. 297-312.

“Hegel’s Legacy in Marx’s Conception of Right.” Southwest Philosophy Review, 17:2, 2001, pp. 25-42.

“On Hegel’s Concept of Thinking.” Book chapter in Societas Rationis. Festschrift in honor of Burkhard Tuschling. D. Huening, G. Stiening, U. Vogel eds. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2002, pp. 263-285.

“The Place of Rousseau in Hegel’s System.” Book chapter in Hegel’s History of Philosophy: New Interpretations. David Duquette ed. Albany: SUNY Press, 2003, pp. 121-141.

“The Tenacity of Contradiction. Hegel on Ancient and Modern Views of Paradox.” Book chapter in Aufklärung und Spekulation. Festschrift für Manfred Baum zum 65. Geburtstag. D. Huening, K. Michel eds. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2004, pp. 405-438.

“Wie aus dem Begriff des Ich dessen Realität vernünftig herauszuklauben sei.” [“How the Reality of the Ego May Be Rationally Extracted from its Concept.”] Hegel-Jahrbuch 2005. Glauben und Wissen. Dritter Teil. A. Arndt, K. Bal, H. Ottmann eds. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2005, pp. 198-203.

“On the Difference Between Understanding and Reason. Aspects of Hegel’s Kant-Criticism and of Contemporary Forms of Understanding.” Book chapter in System and Context: Early Romantic and Early Idealistic Constellations. R. Ahlers, ed. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, New Athenaeum vol. 7, 2005, pp. 47-92.

“Metaphysical Foundations of the History of Philosophy. Hegel’s 1820 Introduction to the Lectures on the History of Philosophy.” Review of Metaphysics, vol. 59:1, 2005, pp. 3-32.

“The One and the Concept: On Hegel’s Reading of Plato’s ‘Parmenides.’” Book chapter in Hegel’s Theory of the Subject, D. G. Carlson ed. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-McMillan, 2006, pp. 44-59.

“On Hegel’s Interpretation of Aristotle’s De Anima:  a Qualified Defense.” Book chapter in Hegel: New Directions. Katerina Deligiorgi ed. Chesham, UK: Acumen, 2006, pp. 227-242.

“The Parmenides and De Anima from Hegel’s Perspective.” Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, vol. 54, 2006, pp. 51-68.

“Not Hegel’s Tales: Applied Concepts, Negotiated Truths, and the Reciprocity of Un-equals.”  Philosophy and Social Criticism, E. Mendieta and R. Eason eds., vol. 33:1, 2007, pp. 83-98.

“Absolute Knowing: the Conclusion of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit.” Book chapter in The Blackwell Guide to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Kenneth R. Westphal editor. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2009, pp. 246-264.

“Spirit Without the Form of Self. On Hegel’s Reading of Greek Antiquity.” Book chapter in Hegel and History. W. C. Dudley ed. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009, pp. 135-153.

“Universal Historiography and World History According to Hegel.”  Book chapter in Historiae Mundi. Studies in Universal Historiography. P. Liddel, A. Fear eds. London, UK: Duckworth Publishers, 2010, pp. 207-220.

“Race in Hegel: Text and Context.” Book chapter in Philosophie nach Kant. Neue Wege zum Verständnis von Kants Transzendental- und Moralphilosophie. Mario Egger ed., De Gruyter, March 2014, pp. 607-639.

“Rights-Pragmatism and the Right of Humanity. International Politics in Kant’s and Hegel’s Perspectives.” In Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 102, 2016/1. Stuttgart: F. Steiner Verlag, pp. 22-39.

“Hylemorphism and Hegel’s Account of the Soul.” In Jahrbuch für Hegelforschung 18-20 (2012-14), Helmut Schneider, ed., Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2017, pp. 247-265.

“Sentience and Feeling in the Anthropology.”  Book chapter in Palgrave Hegel Handbook, Marina Bykova and K.R. Westphal, eds. Palgrave, 2018 (28 pp., forthcoming).

“The Aristotelian Metaphysics of Hegel’s ‘Soul’.” Book chapter in Hegel and Ancient Philosophy. A Re-Examination. Glenn A. Magee, ed. London: Routledge, 2018 (31 pp., forthcoming).

“Derangements of the Soul.” Book chapter in the Cambridge Critical Guide to Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit, Marina Bykova ed. Cambridge UP, 2018 (30 pp., forthcoming).