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Introduction to Hegel’s Critique

Sally Sedgwick

in Hegel's Critique of Kant

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698363
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738692 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698363.003.0002
Introduction to Hegel’s Critique

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This chapter lays out basic features of Kant’s conception of human discursivity, and conveys the centrality of the discursivity thesis for his overall Critical program. Passages are then reviewed in which Hegel indicates his awareness of the implications of the discursivity thesis for key doctrines of Kant’s philosophy. It is proposed that Hegel was interested in the idea of a non-discursive or intuitive intellect because of its capacity for achieving a ‘higher unity’ of ‘thought’ and ‘sensuous reality’, a unity in which the dualism or ‘heterogeneity’ of concepts and sensible intuitions is overcome. It is argued that Hegel did not however deny that, in our cognitions of nature, we must depend on concepts and sensible intuitions. Instead, he sought to challenge Kant’s particular account of the nature of these two fundamental components of human cognition.

Keywords: cognition; concepts; discursive intellect; discursivity; dualism; heterogeneity; intuitions; intuitive intellect; sensuous reality

Chapter.  17241 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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