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Victor Ibarra Becerra

PhD candidate

V.M. Ibarra Becerra MA
+31 71 527 2031


Víctor’s research aims at giving a systematic account of die heilige Kunst, an aesthetic figure better known as “the sublime”, described by Hegel in the frame of his symbolic theory in the second section of his Vorlesungen über die Ästhetik. The constitutive features of die heilige Kunst cannot be sufficiently explained only with reference to the Hegelian aesthetics or to a history of aesthetics; it is also necessary to trace these components into Hegel’s philosophy and to reconstruct them.
What are these components? Through his consideration of the Psalms, Hegel conceives the sacred art in terms of the relationship between the Jewish people and their absolute God. According to his interpretation, this relationship is violent because the infinite God creates its finite creature, and he stands separately subjugating it through law.
What does this reference to Judaism imply inside Hegel’s philosophy? The relationship between the Jews and their God is always represented by Hegel a) as a false notion of human freedom and b) as a false way of conceiving infinity [Unendlichkeit]. Therefore, this research seeks to show how these practical and logic dimensions ground Hegelian conception of sublimity in art.

Teaching activities

Víctor has experience as teacher at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels, in Diego Portales University and in Alberto Hurtado University (Chile). At a BA level he has taught seminars about Latinamerican Literatue, and at an MA level he has taught seminars exploring Derrida’s interpretation of Hegel’s conception of sign, and analyising Hegel’s conception of love and law in his early years (Berna-Frankfurt).
As a teacher’s assistant, he has worked with professors Dr. María Isabel Peña Aguado and Dr. Eduardo Sabrovsky in courses about feminism and aesthetics respectively, at an MA level, at the Diego Portales University.

Curriculum vitae

Víctor Ibarra B. is licenciado [Bachelors degree] in Literature and holds a Master in Contemporary Thought. During his bachelor, Víctor specialised in the Silver Age of Latin literature. In his thesis he researched the concepts of fvror (anger) and fatvm (destiny) in the Senecan tragedy Hercvles fvrens through an Aristotelian framework. In his MA thesis he wrote about justice in Hegel and Levinas and its antecendents in classical tragedy, proposing a contemporaneity of tragic destiny in both Hegel’s and Levinas’s theories. Since 2014 Víctor has been a student of the PhD joint progam in Philosophy between Diego Portales University (UDP) and Leiden University. He has received a Conicyt scholarship from the Chilean government to develop his research, which he has been able to realise via his involvement in his UDP supervisor’s project, Fondecyt Nº 1150041. His supervisors are Dr. María Isabel Peña Aguado (UDP) and Prof. Dr. Herman Siemens (Leiden University). Víctor has also recieved a scholarship from DAAD Germany for a Hochschulwinterkurs in Berlin, 2015/2016.
Currently, he takes part in two study-reading groups, the first one regarding L’Écriture du désastre of Maurice Blanchot (over the past three years), Prof. Dr. Aïcha Liviana Messina, and the second one regarding Glas of Jacques Derrida (over the past year), Prof. Dr. Mauro Senatore.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Room number 2.03


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