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Slavery, Capitalism, and the Dialectic of Empire

  • M. A. R. Habib
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Abstract

This chapter argues, with the aid of historians such as Walter Johnson and Sven Beckert, that slavery was inextricably linked to the development of capitalism and the global economy. This intrinsic connection between slavery and capitalism has not been sufficiently explored in Hegel scholarship. Yet it is a connection that needs to be considered if we are to make sense of Hegel’s views on slavery and Africa within the overall context of his characterization of capitalism, and if we are to understand the overarching issue of how Western metaphysics may have been shaped internally by its ethnocentric and racial orientations.

Keywords

Slavery and capitalism Hegel and slavery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. R. Habib
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityCamdenUSA

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