The Dimensions of Hegel’s Dialectic

This book examines the epistemological import of Hegelian dialectic in the widest sense. In modern philosophy, German idealism, Hegel in particular, is said to have made significant innovative steps in redefining the meaning, scope and use of dialectic. Indeed, it is dialectic that makes up the very core of Hegel’s position, yet it is an area of his thought that is widely neglected by the available literature despite the increased interest in Hegel’s philosophy in recent years.

This book brings together an international team of expert contributors in a long-overdue discussion of Hegelian dialectic. Twelve specially commissioned essays address the task of making sense and use of Hegel’s dialectic, which is fundamental not only for historical and hermeneutic reasons, but also for pragmatic ones; a satisfactory response to this challenge has the power to clarify Hegel’s legacy in the current debate. The essays situate the dialectic in the context of German idealism with a clear-sighted elucidation of the problems that Hegel’s dialectic is called upon to solve.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Nectarios G. Limnatis
1. Dialectic, Understanding, and Reason: How Does Hegel’s Logic Begin? by Angelica Nuzzo
2. Dialectic as the “Self-Fulfillment” of Logic by Dieter Wandschneider
3. Dialectic and Circularity: Is Hegelian Circularity a New Copernican Revolution? by Tom Rockmore
4. The Dialectic of the Absolute: Hegel’s Critique of Transcendent Metaphysics by Markus Gabriel
5. Ontology and Dialectic in Hegel’s Thought by Klaus Düsing
6. The Dialectic of the Inverted World and the Meaning of Aufhebung by Klaus Brinkmann
7. Skepticism, Modernity, and the Origins of Hegelian Dialectic by Allen Speight
8. Doubt and Dialectic: Hegel on Logic, Metaphysics, and Skepticism by Dietmar H. Heidemann
9. The Dialectic of Subjectivity, Intersubjectivity, and Objectivity in Hegel’s System by Nectarios G. Limnatis
10. The Greening of Hegel’s Dialectical Logic by Joseph Margolis
11. What Can We Learn from Hegel’s Objective-Idealist Theory of the Concept that Goes Beyond the Theories of Sellars, McDowell, and Brandom? by Vittorio Hösle
12. From Hegel’s Dialectical Trappings to Romantic Nets: An Examination of Progress in Philosophy by Elizabeth Millán

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