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Hegel and the Metaphysics of Absolute Negativity

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  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107033597

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  • Hegel's doctrines of absolute negativity and 'the Concept' are among his most original contributions to philosophy and they constitute the systematic core of dialectical thought. Brady Bowman explores the interrelations between these doctrines, their implications for Hegel's critical understanding of classical logic and ontology, natural science and mathematics as forms of 'finite cognition', and their role in developing a positive, 'speculative' account of consciousness and its place in nature. As a means to this end, Bowman also re-examines Hegel's relations to Kant and pre-Kantian rationalism, and to key post-Kantian figures such as Jacobi, Fichte and Schelling. His book draws from the breadth of Hegel's writings to affirm a robustly metaphysical reading of the Hegelian project, and will be of great interest to students of Hegel and of German Idealism more generally.

    • Makes use of important German-language scholarship in recent German Hegel studies unavailable in English
    • Among the first full-length neo-metaphysical treatments of Hegel's philosophy
    • Explores how Hegel made a break with his predecessors such as Kant and Wolff
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107033597
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. 'A completely altered view of logic'
    1. The Hegelian concept, absolute negativity, and the transformation of philosophical critique
    2. Hegel's complex relationship to 'pre-Kantian' metaphysics
    3. Hegelian skepticism and the 'idealism of the finite'
    4. Skeptical implications for the foundations of natural science
    5. The methodology of finite cognition and the ideal of mathematical rigor
    6. 'Die Sache Selbst' - absolute negativity and Hegel's speculative logic of content
    7. Absolute negation and the history of logic.

  • Author

    Brady Bowman, Pennsylvania State University
    Brady Bowman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, and a consulting member of the executive committee of the Hegel Society of America. His recent publications include Sense Certainty: On the Systematic Pre-History of a Problem in German Idealism (2003).

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