Philosophy Without Foundations : Rethinking Hegel by William Maker

By William Maker

This publication endeavors to illustrate that Hegel's philosophy comprises a few robust arguments, and to point their cogency.

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For Kant and the transcendentalists the factors that condition, limit, and determine reason are its internally and innately given a priori rules and principles, which must legislate to < previous page page_31 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 the sensibly given manifold in matters of cognition, and which ought to legislate to the passions in matters of conduct. 29 And as Kant concludes the meta-critical lesson of the critical philosophy, although these principles are found in reason they are nonetheless givens to which reason must submit itself in any coherent and legitimate exercise of its powers.

4 If at least some features of the broader context of modern philosophy and of Hegel's thought which I have noted have long since been a philosophical commonplace, it is fast becoming a commonplace of more recent times that both the pre- and postHegelian traditions of modern foundational philosophy have consistently failed in their efforts to provide the sort of rational legitimation for the norms of cognition and conduct which both supporters and critics of modernity perceive as in need of legitimation.

These are matters which cannot be gone into here. 39 But, assuming for the sake of argument that Hegel has at least offered a system which can make a plausible, prima facie claim to being a system whose determinacies are those of autonomous reason, I will now turn to my third question. What features of Hegel's treatment of the problem of modernity are of contemporary relevance? I will address this question in two parts. Assuming Hegel's systematic philosophy, or parts of it, is a system of autonomous reason.

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