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    Hegel and Marx on Individuality and the Universal Good
    Hegel Bulletin 39 (1): 61-81. 2018.
    Picking up on Marx’s and Hegel’s analyses of human beings as social and individual, the article shows that what is at stake is not merely the possibility of individuality, but also the correct conception of the universal good. Both Marx and Hegel suppose that individuals must be social or political as individuals, which means, at least in Hegel’s case, that particular interests must form part of the universal good. The good and the rational is not something that requires sacrificing one’s intere…Read more
  •  346
    Adorno, Hegel and the concrete universal
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (1): 73-94. 2011.
    The core argument of this article is that Adorno adopts the distinction between an abstract and a concrete universal from Hegel and criticizes Hegel, on that basis, as abstract. The first two parts of the article outline that both thinkers take the abstract universal to be the form of a false type of knowledge and society, and the concrete universal to be a positive aim. However, as the third part argues, Adorno rejects how the concrete universal is understood in Hegel’s philosophy and formulate…Read more
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    Kant, Neo‐Kantians, and Transcendental Subjectivity
    European Journal of Philosophy 24 (3): 595-616. 2017.
    This article discusses an interpretation of Kant's conception of transcendental subjectivity, which manages to avoid many of the concerns that have been raised by analytic interpreters over this doctrine. It is an interpretation put forward by selected C19 and early C20 neo-Kantian writers. The article starts out by offering a neo-Kantian interpretation of the object as something that is constituted by the categories and that serves as a standard of truth within a theory of judgment. The second …Read more
  •  58
    Irrationality and egoism in Hegel’s account of right
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (6): 1132-1152. 2018.
    Many interpreters argue that irrational acts of exchange can count as rational and civic-minded for Hegel—even though, admittedly, the persons who are exchanging their property are usually unaware of this fact. While I do not want to deny that property exchange can count as rational in terms of ‘mutual recognition’ as interpreters claim, this proposition raises an important question: What about the irrationality and arbitrariness that individuals as property owners and persons consciously enjoy?…Read more
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    Robert Pippin's Hegel’s Realm of Shadows: Logic as Metaphysics in the Science of Logic (review)
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 1-4. forthcoming.
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    With Hegel’s metaphysics attracting renewed attention, it is time to address a longstanding criticism: Scholars from Marx to Popper and Habermas have worried that Hegel’s metaphysics has anti-individualist and authoritarian implications, which are particularly pronounced in his Philosophy of History, since Hegel identifies historical progress with reason imposing itself on individuals. Rather than proposing an alternative non-metaphysical conception of reason, as Pippin or Brandom have done, thi…Read more
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    Hegel’s realm of shadows: logic as metaphysics in the science of logic
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 1-4. forthcoming.