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Freedom and Reflection$
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Christopher Yeomans

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794522.001.0001

Self-Explanation as the Basic form of Explanation

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(p.75) 4 Self-Explanation as the Basic form of Explanation
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Freedom and Reflection
Author(s):

Christopher Yeomans

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794522.003.0004

This chapter reconstructs Hegel's response to doubts about the reality of free will grounded in the requirements of explanation by exploring his theory of explanation in the Logic's treatment of the category of ground. It shows that Hegel sees the basic form of explanation holistically in such a way that all explanation is partially self-explanation as a three-term relation between explanans, explanandum, and conditions. The way that Hegel develops the role of the conditions within self-explanation is shown to internalize an anarchic externality within the ‘self’ that is self-explanatory. This internalization partially destabilizes the explanandum as an orienting point of reference while simultaneously providing it a content that makes it a true locus of responsibility. Throughout it is shown that Hegel's conception of the grounding relation is essentially one of expression.

Keywords:   Hegel, explanation, erotetic analysis, ground, logic

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