Matthew J. Smetona
His first book, Hegel’s Logical Comprehension of the Modern State, was published by Lexington Books (a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield) in March, 2013. The book attempts to articulate the conceptual framework Hegel employs when he asserts that the modern state as he conceptualizes it is rational. It argues that Hegel’s criterion of rationality is the holistic inferential system of concepts he refers to as the Concept and depicts in his Science of Logic. The book then seeks to explain Hegel’s political philosophy as it is articulated in the Philosophy of Right in terms of the logical and metaphysical requirements of the Science of Logic.
He has written a forthcoming article in Telos on how Hegel’s identification of civil society with his concept of a “spurious infinity” (schlechte Unendlichkeit) demonstrates an identity between the logic of his critique of that institution and the logic of Marx’s critique of the circulation process of capitalist society, as well as an article published in Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy on Marx’s attempt in the Grundrisse to appropriate the logical form of Hegel’s dialectical conception of rational cognition while at the same time dispensing with the idealist metaphysics which form its conceptual content. His current research project investigates Marx’s explanation of material structures in terms of social norms which are dependent on recognition but which cannot be unrecognized without material transformation.
“Hegel and Marx on the schlechte Unendlichkeit of Modern Civil Society.” Telos. Forthcoming (2013).
Hegel’s Logical Comprehension
of the Modern State.
“Marx’s Inferential Commitment to Hegel’s Idealism in the Grundrisse.” Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy vol. 16, no. 2 (2012): 351-372.
“Recognition and Normativity
in Marx’s Critique of Political Economy,” Philosophy Department Colloquium,
“To Posit Oneself as Universal: Hegel and
Marx on the Problem of Identity Formation,”
“The Normative Foundations of Marx’s Mature
Critique of Political Economy,” American Political Science Association, August
31, 2012 in
“The Synthesis of Hegel and Marx in Marcuse’s Late Political Writings,” Northeastern Political
Science Association, November 19, 2011 in
“Hegel and Marx on the schlechte Unendlichkeit of Modern Civil Society,”
Northeastern Political Science Association, November 11, 2010 in
“The Absolute Spontaneity of the Logical
Concept: Rethinking Hegel’s Theory of Freedom,” American Political Science
Association, September 3, 2010 in
“Thought is to Itself
its own Object: Hegel’s Science of Logic
and his Philosophy of Right,”
Northeastern Political Science Association, November 21, 2009 in
“Hegel’s Concept of the Political:
Preliminaries,” Temple University Political Theory Workshop, March 25, 2009 in
“Politics vs. Epistemology in Nietzsche,”
Manuscript Referee for Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, and Journal of Social Philosophy