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Hegel's Transcendental Induction
Hegel's Transcendental Induction
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Peter Simpson - Author
SUNY Series in Hegelian Studies
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Hardcover - 159 pages
Release Date: December 1997
ISBN10: 0-7914-3275-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3275-4

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Release Date: December 1997
ISBN10: 0-7914-3276-9
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Challenges the orthodox account of Hegelian phenomenology as hyper-rationalism, arguing that Hegel's insistence on the primacy of experience in the development of scientific knowledge amounts to a kind of empiricism, or inductive epistemology.

Hegel's Transcendental Induction challenges the orthodox account of Hegelian phenomenology as a hyper-rationalism, arguing that Hegel's insistence on the primacy of experience in the development of scientific knowledge amounts to a kind of empiricism, or inductive epistemology. While the inductive element does not exclude an emphasis on deductive demonstration as well, Hegel's phenomenological description of knowledge demonstrates why knowing becomes scientific only to the extent that it recognizes its dependence on experience.

Simpson's argument closely parallels Hegel's own in the Phenomenology of Spirit, highlighting those sections, like Hegel's analysis of mastery and slavery, that contribute to the argument that knowing is both vulnerable and responsive to the way in which experience resists our attempts to make sense of things. Simpson's argument connects his account of Hegelian phenomenology with traditional accounts of induction, and with a number of other commentators.

"The central thesis about the inductive development of the Phenomenology is worked out with care. This thesis allows the author to present fresh and often compelling re-readings of such often commented on themes as the natural consciousness, desire, slavery, morality, and forgiveness. Since Hegel himself does not describe his method in terms of induction, this book suggests a truly interesting shift of perspective on the Phenomenology." -- Daniel Berthold-Bond, Bard College

Peter Simpson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Laurentian University.


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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Experience of Conscious Life

Introduction

Sensuous Certainty

Perception

Conclusion

2. Understanding, Desiring, and Death

Introduction

The Experience of the Understanding

The Emergence of Thinking

The Realm of Law and the Role of Appearance

The Crisis of Understanding

Desiring Self-Consciousness

The Concept of Life as Desire In-Itself

Life and Natural Consciousness

Desire For-Itself as Natural Self-Consciousness

Conclusion

3. Induction and the Experience of the Singular Self

Introduction

The Experience of the Life of Slavery

The Experience of the Institution of Slavery

The Experience of Slavery

Conclusion

4. The Experience of the Institutional Self

Introduction

The Experience of Sittlichkeit

The Experience of Bildung

Morality and Conscience

Conclusion

5. Induction and the Experience of Phenomenology

Introduction

Forgiveness, Phenomenology, and Absolute Knowing

The Unity of Induction and Deduction

Implications for Reading Hegel

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index


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