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Hegel's Political PhilosophyOn the Normative Significance of Method and System$
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Thom Brooks and Sebastian Stein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778165.001.0001

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The Relevance of the Logical Method for Hegel’s Practical Philosophy

The Relevance of the Logical Method for Hegel’s Practical Philosophy

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Hegel's Political Philosophy

Angelica Nuzzo

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relevance of the “absolute method” developed in Hegel’s Science of Logic for his practical philosophy or philosophy of objective spirit. It argues, first, that the fruitfulness and vitality of Hegel’s practical philosophy as a whole depends in a fundamental way on two conditions, namely, (i) on its being conceived as part of a system of philosophy, and (ii) on its being based on the logic as the first part of the system. It argues, second, that the “absolute method” with which Hegel concludes the Logic presents the structure of a “logic of action.” It follows that since the Science of Logic itself is developed on the basis of the method, the logic is the foundational part of Hegel’s practical philosophy. Ultimately, the chapter contends that this is Hegel’s transformation and radicalization of Kant’s claim of the primacy of practical reason.

Keywords:   Hegel, science of logic, German Idealism, action, method, system, practical reason, philosophy of right

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