The Question-Begging Nature of Kantian Critique

Sally Sedgwick

in Hegel's Critique of Kant

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199698363
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738692 | DOI:
The Question-Begging Nature of Kantian Critique

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This chapter relies on the foregoing interpretation of Hegel’s critique of Kant to demystify a particular Hegelian criticism, directed at specific Kantian argument: Kant’s treatment of the arguments of the antinomies. It is argued that in complaining of the question-begging nature of Kant’s treatment of the antinomies, Hegel’s aim is to convince us that the expectations Kant brings to his critical reflections cannot be met. In his consideration of the antinomies, Kant assumes he can achieve full awareness of his presuppositions and subject each of them to impartial review. He assumes that he can access a vantage point that is ‘external’ or wholly ‘independent’ from ‘common reality.’ Hegel defends a markedly different account of the nature of critical reflection. He denies that a fully external point of view is available to us: he doubts that any thinker can wholly overleap her age and achieve complete freedom from ‘common reality.’

Keywords: antinomies; common reality; critical reflection; externality; freedom; independence; question-begging

Chapter.  9689 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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