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On Hegel : The Sway of the Negative - Karin de Boer

On Hegel

The Sway of the Negative

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Hegel is most famous for his view that conflicts between contrary positions are necessarily resolved. Whereas this optimism, inherent in modernity as such, has been challenged from Kierkegaard onward, many critics have misconstrued Hegel's own intentions. Focusing on the "Science of Logic," this transformative reading of Hegel on the one hand exposes the immense force of Hegel's conception of tragedy, logic, nature, history, time, language, spirit, politics, and philosophy itself. Drawing out the implications of Hegel's insight into tragic conflicts, on the other hand, De Boer brings into play a form of negativity that allows us to understand why the entanglement of complementary positions always tends to turn into their conflict, but not necessarily into its resolution.

'Here is a unique and fresh approach to Hegel's thought. By tapping the resources of his early writings, and developing the tragic strand that distinguishes them from the totalizing thrust of his later work, Karin de Boer demonstrates the relevance of Hegel's thought for a critical assessment of modernity's self-understanding. The pivotal contribution of this rich and sophisticated study, whose strength is on par with Hegel's, is the development of a 'logic of entanglement' which not only undercuts the concept of absolute negativity characteristic of Hegel's speculative works, but also provides new insight into the instable nature of the relation between contrary moments.' - Rodolphe Gasche, SUNY Distinguished Professor& Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature at SUNY at Buffalo



'In her On Hegel: The Sway of the Negative Karin de Boer masterfully shows how the idea of tragedy and the work of tragic negativity is at the heart of Hegel's system of philosophy, in constant tension with his famous dialectic, pervading the Logic, Nature, and History. This is a great accomplishment that offers a fresh, actual, and highly insightful re-reading of Hegel as the philosopher of modernity's self-criticism.' - Angelica Nuzzo, Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Series Editor's Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Tragedyp. 10
Introductionp. 10
The Essay on Natural Lawp. 11
The Oresteiap. 14
Tragic Entanglementsp. 15
The Antigonep. 17
The Logic of Entanglementp. 25
Logicp. 30
Introductionp. 30
Reason and the Understandingp. 31
Transcendental Synthesisp. 34
Hegel, Kant, and General Metaphysicsp. 36
Hegel, Kant, and Special Metaphysicsp. 37
The Content of the Logicp. 39
From the Ego to the Conceptp. 42
Synthetic Concepts as Definitions of the Absolutep. 44
The Role of Synthetic Concepts in Finite Knowledgep. 47
The Principle of Speculative Sciencep. 50
Negativityp. 54
Introductionp. 54
The History of Pure Thoughtp. 55
The Doctrine of Beingp. 59
The Doctrine of Essencep. 63
The Doctrine of the Conceptp. 66
The Concept of Somethingp. 68
The Guises of Absolute Negativityp. 71
The Cunning of the Conceptp. 76
The Method of Speculative Sciencep. 80
Tragedy and Logicp. 84
Introductionp. 84
The Tragic Strand of Kant's Doctrine of the Antinomiesp. 85
The Concept of Infinityp. 88
The Concept of Being-for-Itselfp. 92
The Concept of Contradictionp. 95
Recognitionp. 97
Tragedy and Modernityp. 100
Time and Circularityp. 103
Introductionp. 103
Hegel and Schellingp. 105
A Circle of Circles: The Construction of the Systemp. 109
The Logical Beginning of the Worldp. 118
Hegel's Metaphysics of Timep. 121
The Initial Entanglement of Concept and Timep. 126
Naturep. 128
Introductionp. 128
The Middle Term between Nature and Consciousnessp. 129
Aetherp. 132
Space and Timep. 133
Inorganic and Organic Naturep. 137
The Animalp. 138
Human Consciousnessp. 142
Conclusionp. 145
Languagep. 147
Introductionp. 147
The Immemorial Advent of Languagep. 149
The Original Wordp. 152
The Interpenetration of Language and Thoughtp. 154
Teleologyp. 158
Introductionp. 158
The End-Relationp. 160
External Purposivenessp. 161
The Meansp. 162
Internal Purposivenessp. 164
The Ultimate End of the Worldp. 166
The Entanglement of the End and its Inner Externalityp. 171
Finite Spiritp. 175
Tragic Negativityp. 177
Historyp. 180
Introductionp. 180
Hegel's Conception of World Historyp. 181
Economyp. 185
Politicsp. 189
Intercultural Conflictsp. 195
The Goal of World Historyp. 202
Conclusionp. 205
Notesp. 208
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780230247543
ISBN-10: 0230247547
Series: Renewing Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 7th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1