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Hegelian Metaphysics$
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Robert Stern

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239108.001.0001

Hegel's Doppelsatz: A Neutral Reading

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(p.81) 3 Hegel's Doppelsatz: A Neutral Reading
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Hegelian Metaphysics
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Robert Stern (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239108.003.0004

In the Preface to the Philosophy of Right, Hegel writes that ‘what is rational is actual; and what is actual is rational’. This so-called Doppelsatz has been much discussed, with commentators offering both conservative and progressive readings of Hegel's meaning. This chapter takes a different approach, arguing that the Doppelsatz should be understood in a normatively neutral way, claiming instead that it is a defense of Hegel's philosophical rationalism, and his belief that the political world is amenable to the sort of rational investigation he offers in the Philosophy of Right.

Keywords:   Philosophy of Right, rationalism, conservative readings, progressive readings

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