Mr Borna Radnik


Research project: Hegel and the Double Movement of Necessity and Freedom (Working Title)


My working argument is that the dialectical relation between necessity and freedom in Hegel's metaphysics can be shown to be connected to his political philosophy (PoR), if we frame and situate this dialectical relationship in Hegel's famous 'substance-subject' doctrine in the Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit. If, as Hegel says, everything turns on grasping and expressing the True not only as Substance but equally as Subject, then what this effectively means is that from the absolute standpoint of The Science of Logic, we get an ontology in the OL (substance), and conceptual determinations that describe the process of thinking itself in the SL (Subject). This will allow for a reading of Hegel's metaphysics that systematically demonstrates the immanent, necessary movement of the Concept/freedom through its substantial particularities.


I completed my BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies and Philosophy at York University, and finished my MA. in Philosophy at McMaster University. I also lectured on Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding for the Philosophy Departmental Lecture at Kingston University, London in March 2016. I also taught a three-hour masterclass on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit at University of Oxford in December 2016. I have published reviews in Radical Philosophy, and have published peer-reviewed articles with Continental Thought and Theory (2016), Crisis and Critique (2017), and I have a chapter in the collected volume "Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism" edited by Russell Sbrigilia and Slavoj Žižek, under consideration with Northwestern University Press in 2018.  

Areas of research interest

  • Hegel
  • German Idealism
  • Radical philosophy
  • Marxism
  • Political Philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Alain Badiou
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Metaphysics


  • BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies and Philosophy, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • MA in Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada


Radnik, Borna. (forthcoming in 2018) Subjectivity in Times of (New) Materialisms. Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism, ed. Russell Sbrigilia and Slavoj Žižek.

Radnik, Borna. (2017) The Absolute Plasticity of Hegel's Absolutes? Crisis and Critique (Vol. 4. Issue 1.), ISSN (online) 2311-5475.

Radnik, Borna. (2016) First We Take Europe. Book Review of: Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj Žižek. Radical Philosophy (200), pp. 63-65. ISSN (print) 0300 211X.

Radnik, Borna. (2016) More amour proper. Book Review of: Stress and Freedom by Peter Sloterdijk. Radical Philosophy (198), pp. 60-62. ISSN (print) 0300 211X.

Radnik, Borna. (2016) Hegel on the Double Movement of Aufhebung. Continental Thought & Theory (Vol. 1. Issue 1.), pp. 194-206. ISSN (online) 2463-333X.

Radnik, Borna. (2015) Making Hegel post-Hegel? Book Review of: After Hegel: German Philosophy 1840-1900 by Frederick C. Beiser. Radical Philosophy (193), pp. 64-65. ISSN (print) 0300 211X.

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Radnik, Borna (2017) The absolute plasticity of Hegel's absolutes. Crisis and critique, 4(1), pp. 352-375. ISSN (print) 2311-8172

Radnik, Borna (2016) First we take Europe. Book Review of: 'Against the double blackmail : refugees, terror and other trouble with the neighbours' by Slavoj Zizek. Radical Philosophy, 200, pp. 63-65. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Radnik, Borna (2016) More amour propre. Book Review of: 'Stress and freedom' by Peter Sloterdijk. Radical Philosophy, 198, pp. 60-62. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Radnik, Borna (2016) Hegel on the double movement of Aufhebung. Continental Thought & Theory, 1(1), pp. 194-206. ISSN (print) 2463-333X

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Conference papers

Alienation and Being-towards-death: "Heideggerian Marxism" and the question of mortality in the activity of labour at Historical Materialism, York University, Toronto, ON, May 2014.