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    The Opening Chapter of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, called "Sense Certainty," is brief: 283 lines or about seven and a half pages in the critical edition of Hegel's works . Just over half the text is devoted to a series of thought experiments1 that focus on "the Here" and "the Now" as the two basic forms of immediate sensuous particularity Hegel calls "the This." The chapter's main goal is to demonstrate that, in truth, the object of sense certainty is precisely the opposite of what it purpo…Read more
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    A Conceptualist Reply to Hanna’s Kantian Non-Conceptualism
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19 (3). 2011.
    Hanna proposes a version of non-conceptualism he closely associates with Kant. This paper takes issue with his proposal on two fronts. First, there are reasons to dispute whether any version of non-conceptualism can be rightly attributed to Kant. In addition to pointing out passages that conflict with Hanna's interpretation, I also suggest ways in which the Kant of the Opus Postumum could integrate key insights of non-conceptualism into a basically conceptualist framework. In Part Two of the pap…Read more
  •  61
    German philosophers of the classical period viewed Spinozism as posing a threefold challenge: fatalism, atheism, and acosmism. This paper focuses on acosmism as a vantage point for understanding the resulting “Pantheism Controversy.” Drawing on insights into the ineliminability of indexical thought, I argue that Mendelssohn’s refutation of acosmism entails rejecting traditional theism: The finite world cannot be the product of an omnipotent creator. Schelling and Hegel recognize this consequence…Read more
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    Autonomy, Negativity, and the Challenge of Spinozism in Hegel's Science of Logic
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (1): 101-126. 2018.
    Hegel's project of elaborating a "speculative logic" is representative of a distinctively post-Kantian trend.2 Hegel shares his like-minded contemporaries' critical assessment that Kant had failed to offer a proper deduction of the cornerstone of his philosophical edifice, the so-called 'categories' or 'pure concepts of the understanding'.3 Kant does of course offer what he calls a deduction of the categories, namely, an argument for his claim that, in cognizing the matter passively given to it …Read more
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    Lectures on logic: Berlin, 1831 (review) (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (4). 2009.
    Clark Butler has given us an English version of Hegel’s 1831 Lectures on Logic, the last course he was to complete before his death. The course was transcribed by his son Karl and first published in 2001 . Although the manuscript is not Hegel’s own, its contents are unmistakably authentic, opening an interesting window on Hegel’s thinking while he was preparing a second edition of the Logic. Readers familiar with that work will find that the content of the lectures conforms to the standard versi…Read more
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    Methode und Aufbau von Spinozas Ethik als Symbol ihrer inneren Einheit
    In Jure Zovko, Dimitris Karydas & Sarah Schmidt (eds.), Begriff Und Interpretation Im Zeichen der Moderne, De Gruyter. pp. 15-32. 2015.
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    Religion and Conscience in Kant and Hegel
    Hegel-Jahrbuch 2017 (1): 81-90. 2017.
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    ‚Eine auf Dauer gestellte Provokation‘: Die Philosophie J. H. Jacobis (review)
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 67 (6): 1024-1034. 2019.
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    Identifying cognition in general with propositional knowledge exposes the cognitive value of literature to abiding skepticism. This chapter argues that German romanticism has generated two competing views of the relation between literature and the overtly truth-seeking disciplines. One is a legacy of skepticism and antirealism that is powerless to give a positive account of literary value. The other is a complementarist legacy emphasizing literature’s cognitive priority to and its role as the co…Read more
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  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Heidelberg Writings: Journal Publications (edited book)
    with Allen Speight
    Cambridge University Press. 2009.
    This work brings together, for the first time in English translation, Hegel's journal publications from his years in Heidelberg, writings which have been previously either untranslated or only partially translated into English. The Heidelberg years marked Hegel's return to university teaching and represented an important transition in his life and thought. The translated texts include his important reassessment of the works of the philosopher F. H. Jacobi, whose engagement with Spinozism, especi…Read more