Black Skin, White Masks

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Character Analysis

G.W.F. Hegel is an 18th-19th century German philosopher whose work exerts a major influence on both Marxism and psychoanalysis. Hegel is the inventor of the master-slave dialectic, a concept describing how people become conscious of themselves through their recognition by another, which factors into Fanon’s argument in several places throughout the book.
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George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Character Timeline in Black Skin, White Masks

The timeline below shows where the character George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel appears in Black Skin, White Masks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2: The Woman of Color and the White Man
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...in order to build an impression of black people’s worldview: Alfred Adler, George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and Sigmund Freud. He returns to the characters of Nini and Mayotte, wondering if it... (full context)
Chapter 5: The Lived Experience of the Black Man
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...black nations, they will not have to exist “for others,” an idea Fanon adapts from Hegel. Fanon argues that colonialism has destroyed people’s ability to grasp the ontology of blackness—meaning that... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Black Man and Recognition
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...to others, and that they require recognition in order to feel human. He brings up Hegel’s “master-slave dialectic,” which features both the master and slave waiting for recognition from one another.... (full context)