Madalin Onu

About the Author

In the context of increasingly numerous cultural and political contradictory debates, humanities are facing the difficult responsibility of removing the veil of ambiguity and doubt. However, they cannot fulfil this task without first undertaking a rigorous return upon themselves, their own fundaments, methods and targeted objects.

This book investigates the influence of G.W.F. Hegel on these sciences during their long and controversial process of transformation and consolidation. For this purpose, it developed, on Gadamer’s suggestions, a dialectical-hermeneutical method able to overcome the insufficiencies of both historical and systematic approaches and to properly take into account the significant references to authors of the Modern Age and the Contemporary Era.

In his attempt to advance a speculative model for the present-day social and political sciences, the author brings a new light on some renowned topics including agency in history (Napoleon – Weltgeist or Weltseele on horseback?), the inner structure of the interpreter (Gadamer between Hegel and Heidegger) and the critical concept of alienation (an overthrow or continuity of absolute idealism?), among others.

Madalin Onu has worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Philosophy of Humboldt University, Berlin (2015) and at the University of Cologne (2013). From 2010 to 2017, Dr Onu taught seminaries on German Idealism at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences of “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania. He defended his PhD thesis in 2013 and completed the post-doctoral research titled “The Culture of Reason (Kultur der Vernunft) and the Reason of Culture (Vernünftige Bildung). New Insights on Herder’s Philosophy of History” in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018, he worked as a member of the international project “Heritage and Threat (HeAT)”, initiated by the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

His domains of interests are German idealism, hermeneutics, the philosophy of history and phenomenology.


Paperback: 340 pages
Size: 12.7 x 17,7 cm
(5 x 7 in)
Published: May 2018
ISBN: 978-1-9996138-0-8


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