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Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique

William F. Bristow


This book presents a study of Hegel's hugely influential but notoriously difficult Phenomenology of Spirit. Hegel describes the method of this work as a ‘way of despair’, meaning that the reader who undertakes its inquiry must be open to the experience of self-loss through it. Whereas the existential dimension of Hegel's work has often been either ignored or regarded as romantic ornamentation, this book argues that it belongs centrally to Hegel's attempt to fulfil a demanding epistemological ambition. With his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant expressed a new epistemological demand with respect to ... More

Keywords: Phenomenology of Spirit, existentialism, Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, rational knowledge, subjectivism, Kantian critique, epistemological procedure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290642
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William F. Bristow, author
University of California, Irvine
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