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Sally Sedgwick

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698363.001.0001

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Introduction to Hegel’s Critique

Introduction to Hegel’s Critique

Intuitive versus Discursive Forms of Understanding in Kant’s Critical Philosophy

(p.14) 1 Introduction to Hegel’s Critique
Hegel's Critique of Kant

Sally Sedgwick

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out basic features of Kant’s conception of human discursivity, and conveys the centrality of the discursivity thesis for his overall Critical program. Passages are then reviewed in which Hegel indicates his awareness of the implications of the discursivity thesis for key doctrines of Kant’s philosophy. It is proposed that Hegel was interested in the idea of a non-discursive or intuitive intellect because of its capacity for achieving a ‘higher unity’ of ‘thought’ and ‘sensuous reality’, a unity in which the dualism or ‘heterogeneity’ of concepts and sensible intuitions is overcome. It is argued that Hegel did not however deny that, in our cognitions of nature, we must depend on concepts and sensible intuitions. Instead, he sought to challenge Kant’s particular account of the nature of these two fundamental components of human cognition.

Keywords:   cognition, concepts, discursive intellect, discursivity, dualism, heterogeneity, intuitions, intuitive intellect, sensuous reality

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