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Hegel's IndiaA Reinterpretation, with Texts$
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Aakash Singh Rathore and Rimina Mohapatra

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199468270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468270.001.0001

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India in Hegel’s System

India in Hegel’s System

The Ladder to the Circle

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 India in Hegel’s System
Source:
Hegel's India
Author(s):

Aakash Singh Rathore

Rimina Mohapatra

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468270.003.0001

A relentless engagement with India is integral to Hegel’s thought in ways as yet unexplored in Hegelian (or Indological) scholarship. If Indian art, religion, and philosophy are in fact grossly inadequate to Hegel’s system of philosophy, what explains his decennial fascination with these? The chapter introduces the import of Hegel’s major texts, with the aim of understanding how his rendition of Indian thought features within his wider system. It figuratively captures the reconception of his project from the Phenomenology of Spirit (the ladder), an introduction, to his definitive composite system of science, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (the circle). His synoptic or syncretic approach is expressed via the coordination of aspects of subjective (or, concrete, particular, ground) and objective (or, abstract) forms of human existence through the instrument of a mediating sublation.

Keywords:   Hegelian (and Indological) scholarship, Indian writings in Hegel’s major texts, Phenomenology of Spirit (ladder), introduction, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (circle), composite System, synoptic or syncretic approach, subjective (concrete, particular, ground), objective (abstract), mediation and sublation

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