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TitleHegel Reconsidered [electronic resource] : Beyond Metaphysics and the Authoritarian State / edited by H. Tristram Engelhardt, Terry Pinkard
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1994
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Descript X, 262 p. online resource


Much of contemporary philosophy, political theory, and social thought has been shaped directly or indirectly by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, though there is considerable disagreement about how his work should be understood. He has been described both as a metaphysician and characterized as an ironic narrator who anticipated the character of philosophy after metaphysics. His position is equally ambiguous with regard to his political thought. He has been construed both as an enemy of the liberal state and as a friend of freedom. This volume's revisionist reassessment, building on the scholarship of Klaus Hartmann, explores these ambiguities in favor of a non-metaphysical reading of Hegel's arguments. It also shows how the foundations of his political thought support a liberal democratic state. This reappraisal of Hegel's arguments resituates him as a philosopher who anticipates the difficulties of post-modernity and offers a basis for reassessing ontology, aesthetics, and revolution. Philosophers and those doing work in political theory will find this volume of great interest


1. Introduction -- 2. The Hegelian Project -- 3. Hegelโ{128}{153}s Metaphysics, or the Categorial Approach to Knowledge of Experience -- 4. Hegelโ{128}{153}s Critique of Kant and Pre-Kantian Metaphysics -- 5. On the Theoretical Form of Hegelโ{128}{153}s Aesthetics -- 6. The Cogency of the Logicโ{128}{153}s Argumentation: Securing the Dialecticโ{128}{153}s Claim to Justify Categories -- 7. The Meta-Ontological Option: On Taking the Existential Turn -- 8. The Logic of Contingency -- 9. Constitutionalism, Politics, and the Common Life -- 10. Revolution as the Foundation of Political Philosophy -- 11. Sittlichkeit and Post-Modernity: An Hegelian Reconsideration of the State -- 12. Klaus Hartmann and G.W.F. Hegel: A Personal Postscript -- Bibliography of the Works of Klaus Hartmann -- Notes on Contributors

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