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Victoria I. Burke
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Rebecca Comay [Hegel and the French Revolution]
Adviser: Graeme Nicholson

My current research projects concern the contemporary political implications of Hegel’s concepts of self-determination and mutual recognition, including feminist applications. I am nearing completion of a book project, that locates Hegel's conception of love historically within the emerging market economy of his day.

"Literature, Politics, Absence: Blanchot's Orpheus", to be presented to the Canadaian Society for Aesthetics annual meeting, Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 26-28, 2017 [Keywords: Artemis, First-Person Authority, Gender, Normativity, ὅρος].

"Hegel's Person, Agamben's Zoe , and the Existence of the Child", presented to the New Italian Thought: Challenges and Responses conference, March 24–26, 2017, at King's University College and the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada [Keywords: Wilhelm von Humboldt, vulnerability, ἕξις, νοός, λόγος, πόρος]

Invited Commentary on Ryan Davis, “Skepticism About Associative Obligation,” presented to the American Philosophical Association , Central Division (Main Colloquium Program), February 28-March 4, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri, USA [Aristotle, I.M. Young, friendship, Φιλία]

“Hegel, Anti-Racism, and Personhood,” to be presented to: Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and University of Toronto, November 3-5, 2016, Toronto, Ontario

“Hegel's Philosophy of Bildung ,” Panel Discussion, Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting March 17-21, 2016, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Plasticity, Language, and Epistemic Norms: Hegel's Science of Logic and the ‘Ought'”, presented at: “Passionate Disattachment: The Work of Catherine Malabou,” conference at the Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, King's University College, London, Ontario, Canada , February 5–6, 2016 [Conference Website]  

"Hermes, God of Ways: Poetry, Language, and the City", presented to session entitled "Urban Ecopoetics" at the Northeast Modern Language Association, 46th Annual Convention, hosted by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015 [Keywords: psychoanalysis, phenomenology of space, contingency, πόρος] [...] [...] [...]

"A Limit to the Market: Hegel's Concept of Personhood", presented the 13th International Conference on Persons, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, August 3-7, 2015; also presented to the 73rd annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 16-19, 2015, Chicago, Illinois; also presented to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 25th Anniversary Meeting, Law and Society Ethics Program Track, Reston, Virginia, February 18-21, 2016

"Poetry, Language, Contingency: Hegel's Conception of Love in the 1823-1828 Lectures on Fine Art", presented to the Canadian Society for Aesthetics, Annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 24-26, 2014.

"Hermes: God of the Market, God of Recognition," presented to panel on 'Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity" at the American Academy of Religion, 2013 Eastern International Regional Meeting, May 10–11, 2013, University of Toronto; also presented, under the title "Hermes: God of Recognition: Hegel With Lacan", to the Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture, "The Freudian Legacy Today ”, September 20-22, 2013, University of Toronto. [CNPC Website]

Naturalism, Normativity, and Hegel's Economy of Recognition," presented to the Midwest Political Science Association Meetings, Chicago, Illinois, April 11-14, 2013; also presented to the National Women's Studies Association meeting, Negotiating Points of Encounter, November 7-10, 2013, Cincinnati Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio .

Discussant, Panel on Karin De Boer's book, On Hegel: The Sway of the Negative (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), 51st Annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, November 1-3, 2012, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York. Keyword: Concept


"After the Kantian analytic/synthetic contrast: social epistemology from Hegel to Derrida and Fricker," forthcoming, 2017, Social Epistemology; presented to the 14th Conference on New Directions in the Humanities , 8-10 June 2016, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Critical Theory and Humanities Program Track [Abstract][Keywords: epistemic injustice, linguistic variability, meaning, adaptive preferences, economics].

"Conscience Exemptions in Medicine: A Hegelian Feminist Perspective", International Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 (2) (Fall 2016); earlier drafts of this article were presented to the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics at the Annual Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Wilfrid Laurier University / University of Waterloo, May 26-June 2, 2012; also presented at the Advancing Public Philosophy Conference , Public Philosophy Network, Emory University, Atlanta, March 14-16, 2013; and to the 39th annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education meeting,UQAM, Montreal, 24-27 October 2013. [Keywords: critical theory, positive liberty, social pathologies, religion, professional ethics, patient-centered medicine][Abstract]

"Hegel and the Normativity of the Concept," Idealistic Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Volume 41, Issue 3, Fall 2011; presented to the Society for German Idealism meeting at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meetings, Seattle, Washington, April 4-7, 2012 [2012 SGI Program]; also presented to the Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress, History of Philosophy Division, Wilfrid Laurier University / University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, May 27-30, 2012. [Abstract] Keywords: following a rule, Blanchot

 "The Substance of Ethical Recognition: Hegel's Antigone and the Irreplaceability of the Brother," New German Critique: An Interdisciplinary Journal of German Studies, Duke University Press, Issue #118, Winter 2013; presented to the Contemporary Political Theory division at the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 3-6, 2008; also presented to the Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy 4th Annual Joint Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland, 29-31 August, 2008. Keywords: the economy, economic inequality, recognition, the family, history of marriage, women's history, reciprocity, love, desire [Abstract]

"Hegel, Antigone, and First-Person Authority." Philosophy and Literature. The Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2010 [Abstract]. This paper was presented under the title "Antigone, The Supreme Uncanny" at Hegel’s Absolute Spirit: Connections between Art, Religion and Philosophy: An Annual Meeting of Canadian and American Hegelians, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 19– 21, 2010. [Conference Poster]; also presented to the "German Idealism" session at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture conference, Faculty of Theology, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK, 23-26 September 2010.

"From Ethical Substance to Reflection: Hegel's Antigone." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. Vol. 41, No. 3, September 2008. Presented at the annual meeting of the Ontario Hegel Organization, York University, Toronto, Ontario, March 31- April 1, 2007 [Abstract] Get a copy here.

"Essence Today: Hegel and the Economics of Identity Politics." Philosophy Today. Spring 2007. [Abstract]

"Hegel's Concept of Mutual Recognition: The Limits of Self-Determination." The Philosophical Forum. Summer 2005 [Erratum]; presented at the American Philosophical Association, Central Division meeting (Main Colloquium Program),Chicago, Illinois, April 27-30, 2005 [Abstract] Keyword: Truth

Book Review Essay on desire, language, and Hegel's Aesthetics. Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit, Kathleen Dow Magnus, State University of New York Press, 2001, Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, Nos 45/46, 2002.

“On Development: World, Limit, Translation,” Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, Winter 2002; presented to the Political Philosophy division of the Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, University of Toronto , May 25-28, 2002 .[Questia Online Library] [Stanford Encyclopaedia Bibliography of Feminist History of Philosophy] [Abstract] Keywords: Walter Benjamin, friendship, language

 “The Politics of Contradiction: Feminism and the Self,” Philosophy Today, Spring 2000.

“From Desire to Fascination: Hegel and Blanchot on Negativity,” MLN (French Issue), (The Johns Hopkins University Press, September 1999); presented at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy meeting, University of Oregon, October 6-9, 1999 (single paper session with commentator). Keywords: Orpheus, the concept, the absolute, difference

 “Antigone’s Transgression: Hegel and Bataille on the Divine and the Human,” Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Summer 1999.

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"For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause."


" My thinking is related to theology as a blotting pad is related to ink. It is saturated with it. Were one to go by the blotter, however, nothing of what is written would remain." Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project, N

'[...] the progress of this civilization calls for operational and behavioral modes of thought, for acceptance of the productive rationality of given social systems, for their defense and improvement, but not for their negation [...] the higher culture was to a great extent precisely this negation: indictment of the institutionalized destruction of human potentialities, commitment to a hope that the established civilization denounced as 'utopian'. [The elimination of this antagontistic content of culture closes] a vital space for the development and autonomy of opposition; [... it is the destruction of] a barrier to totalitarianism". [critical theorist Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man, 1964]


*Note: There are other Victoria Burke's who publish on European philosophy.. All of my publications except "Hegel's Concept of Mutual Recognition" "are published wth my middle initial'I'.