Acosta Lopez, Maria del Rosario, Prof. Dr.

former member

Projects and Positions in the Cluster

    Research topic

    Fractures: Hegel on community, law and violence

    Brief description of research topic

    In this project, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, I am exploring Hegel’s notion of community as an interruption both of the kind of violence resulting from and reproduced by Modern law and right (Hegel’s criticism of the Modern State and the notion of right involved in its constitution) and of the idea which conceives community as a totality that (violently) draws within itself leaving no real space for difference and alterity. The book itself is part of a broader research project concerning the relationship between politics, law and violence on the one hand, and the criticism this relationship may arouse from the perspective of contemporary thought on community (J.L. Nancy, M. Blanchot, R. Esposito and G. Agamben, among others), on the other. My main purpose is to show that fruitful resources for rethinking our being in common and its repercussions on contemporary political thinking can be found in Hegel’s work. Therefore, I aim to explore some of the elements that can be found in Hegel’s early work which greatly enrich current discussions on the subject. Special attention is paid to Hegel's The Spirit of Christianity and its Fate, and the Spirit chapter in the Phenomenology of Spirit.

    Main research interests

    Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy, German Idealism, Modern Aesthetics, Relationship between Aesthetics and Politics, Transitional Justice, Theoretical debates on Representations of Memory

    Biographical Details

    Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy in the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, currently a Guest Researcher in the “Normative Orders” Excellence Cluster, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She finished her PhD in Philosophy in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, with a dissertation on the sublime and the political in Friedrich Schiller’s thought (2007). She is author of books on German Romanticism (2006) and Friedrich Schiller (2008), and she has compilated books on Hegel (2007), Schiller (2008), contemporary philosophy of art (2008 and 2009) and contemporary political philosophy (2010, 2013). Some of her latest published papers explore the relationship between Hegel’s political philosophy and the notion of “community” within certain contemporary French tradition (Derrida, Esposito, Nancy and Agamben). Her current research project is a book on Hegel from the standpoint of this debate. She is also the main researcher of a project entitled “Narratives of Community: on law and violence” that addresses possible encounters between contemporary political philosophy and the Colombian transitional justice process. She collaborates with the Historical Memory Center in Colombia, under the sponsorship of USIP (United States Institute for Peace), in a project concerned with creating and consolidating Historical Memory Groups in the regions. She is also engaged in an interdisciplinary research project, in coordination with the Faculty of Law in the Universidad de los Andes, entitled “Representations of Mass atrocity”.

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    „Frankfurter interdisziplinäre Debatte“. Frankfurter Forschungsinstitute laden zum Austausch über disziplinen-übergreifende Plattform ein

    Die „Frankfurter interdisziplinäre Debatte“ ist ein Versuch des Dialogs zwischen Vertreter*innen unterschiedlicher wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen zu aktuellen Fragestellungen – derzeit im Kontext der Corona-Krise und u.a. mit Beiträgen von Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst und Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther. Seit Ende März 2020 ist die Onlineplattform der Initiative ( verfügbar. Mehr...

    Bundesministerin Karliczek gibt Startschuss für das neue Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt

    In einer Pressekonferenz hat Bundesministerin Anja Karliczek am 28. Mai 2020 den Startschuss für das neue Forschungsinstitut Gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt (FGZ) gegeben. Mit dabei waren Sprecherin Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff (Goethe-Uni, Normative Orders), sowie der Geschäftsführende Sprecher Prof. Matthias Middell (Uni Leipzig) und Sprecher Prof. Olaf Groh-Samberg (Uni Bremen). Nun kann auch das Frankfurter Teilinstitut seine Arbeit aufnehmen. Mehr...

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