Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-59b7f5684b-fmrbl Total loading time: 0.386 Render date: 2022-10-02T07:41:40.777Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "useRatesEcommerce": false, "displayNetworkTab": true, "displayNetworkMapGraph": true, "useSa": true } hasContentIssue true

Rethinking Maker: Hegel's Realism Revisited

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 July 2022

George Webster*
Affiliation:
University of Oxford, UK
Get access

Abstract

I provide a metaphysically realist interpretation of Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature—one that allows us to make sense of one of the more puzzling references to nature in his Science of Logic. I do so by affording William Maker’s under-appreciated account of Hegel’s realism more of the attention and scrutiny it deserves—not least because it involves a distinctively simple and elegant account of the famously obscure move from logic to nature in Hegel’s system. Though I point out its limitations, I claim that Maker’s arguments can be revised in order to recover more of the rigour and complexity of Hegel’s metaphysics.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Hegel Society of Great Britain

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

References

Collingwood, R. G. (1945), The Idea of Nature. Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
Dunphy, R. (2021), ‘Hegel and the Problem of Beginning’, Hegel Bulletin 42:3: 344–67.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Ferrini, C. (1999), ‘God and Nature in Hegel’s Logic’, Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 20:1–2: 6583.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Ferrini, C. (2012), ‘Hegel on Nature and Spirit: Some Systematic Remarks’, Hegel-Studien 46: 117–50.Google Scholar
Halper, E. (1998), ‘The Logic of Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature: Nature, Space and Time’, in Houlgate, S. (ed.), Hegel and the Philosophy of Nature. Albany: SUNY Press.Google Scholar
Harris, E. E. (1993), The Spirit of Hegel. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press.Google Scholar
Houlgate, S. (2005a), An Introduction to Hegel: Freedom, Truth and History. Second edition. Malden: Blackwell.Google Scholar
Houlgate, S. (2005b), ‘Why Hegel’s Concept Is Not the Essence of Things’, in Carlson, D. G. (ed.), Hegels Theory of the Subject. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
Houlgate, S. (2006), The Opening of Hegels Logic: From Being to Infinity. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press.Google Scholar
Kreines, J. (2015), Reason in the World: Hegels Metaphysics and its Philosophical Appeal. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Maker, W. (1994), Philosophy Without Foundations: Rethinking Hegel. Albany: SUNY Press.Google Scholar
Maker, W. (1998), ‘The Very Idea of the Idea of Nature, or Why Hegel Is Not an Idealist’, in Houlgate, S. (ed.), Hegel and the Philosophy of Nature. Albany: SUNY Press.Google Scholar
Maker, W. (2002), ‘Idealism and Autonomy’, The Owl of Minerva 34:1: 5975.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Maker, W. (2005), ‘Hegel’s Logic of Freedom’, in Carlson, D. G. (ed.), Hegels Theory of the Subject. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
Maker, W. (2007a), ‘Hegel’s Realism: Comments on K. R. Westphal’s “Intelligenz and the Interpretation of Hegel’s Idealism”’, The Owl of Minerva 39:1–2: 135–57.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Maker, W. (2007b), ‘Identity, Difference, and the Logic of Otherness’, in Grier, P. (ed.), Identity and Difference. Albany: SUNY Press.Google Scholar
Rand, S. (2007), ‘The Importance and Relevance of Hegel’s “Philosophy of Nature”, The Review of Metaphysics 61:2: 379400.Google Scholar
Rosen, M. (1982), Hegels Dialectic and Its Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Stace, W. T. (1924), The Philosophy of Hegel: A Systematic Exposition. New York: Dover.Google Scholar
Stern, R. (2009), Hegelian Metaphysics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Stern, R. (2018), ‘Kreines on the Problem of Metaphysics in Kant and Hegel’, Hegel Bulletin 39:1: 106–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Stone, A. (2005), Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegels Philosophy. Albany: SUNY Press.Google Scholar
Taylor, C. (1975), Hegel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Wandschneider, D. (1992), ‘Nature and Dialectic of Nature in Hegel’s Objective Idealism’, Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 13:2: 3051.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Winfield, R. D. (2012), Hegels Science of Logic: A Critical Rethinking in Thirty Lectures. Plymouth: Rowman and Littlefield.Google Scholar
Wolf, W. Clark. (2018), ‘Rethinking Hegel’s Conceptual Realism’, The Review of Metaphysics 72:2: 331–70.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Save article to Kindle

To save this article to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

Rethinking Maker: Hegel's Realism Revisited
Available formats
×

Save article to Dropbox

To save this article to your Dropbox account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Dropbox account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

Rethinking Maker: Hegel's Realism Revisited
Available formats
×

Save article to Google Drive

To save this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you used this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your Google Drive account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

Rethinking Maker: Hegel's Realism Revisited
Available formats
×
×

Reply to: Submit a response

Please enter your response.

Your details

Please enter a valid email address.

Conflicting interests

Do you have any conflicting interests? *