The ultimate task facing a volume such as this one is the demonstration of the validity of what is implied in its very title. To begin this task, one must consider what, in fact, is contained in the phrase ‘Hegel after Derrida.’ First of all, it implies that the work of Jacques Derrida is something of an event in the understanding of Hegel, an event that constitutes a possible turning point in our relation to Hegel. It also implies that Derrida gestures towards a future that awaits both Hegel and us. The essays contained in this volume attempt to perform the beginning of the future that awaits Hegel in the wake of the intervention of Derrida. The true scope and nature of this future is, to a great extent, yet to he determined. What can and must be discussed at this point, however, is what lends the notion of Hegel after Derrida its critical focus.