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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

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How is Hegelian Metaphysics Possible?

How is Hegelian Metaphysics Possible?

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(p.1) Introduction: How is Hegelian Metaphysics Possible?
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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/9780199239108.003.0001

This chapter considers what makes the Hegel's enterprise in metaphysics distinctive, and in particular how it differs from that of his great predecessor, Immanuel Kant. It is argued that while Hegel should be understood as going further in his metaphysical enterprise than Kant's critical approach would warrant, Hegel has good internal reasons for thinking that Kant's position was unstable, and thus that a more ambitious project could be vindicated, of a more traditionally ontological kind. On the other hand, it is also argued that Hegel did not go as far as offering a metaphysics of ‘the absolute’ along transcendent lines. The chapter also lays out the connecting threads that link the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   Hegel, Kant, metaphysics, ontology, absolute

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