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    Why does Hegel change “Dreaming Soul” to “Feeling Soul” in the 1830 edition of the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit? By tracing the content of the Dreaming Soul section, through Hegel’s 1794 manuscript on psychology, to sources such as C.P. Moritz’s Magazin zur Erfahrungsseelenkunde, the paper shows how the section embraces a late Enlightenment mission: combating supposedly supernatural expressions of spiritual enthrallment by explaining them as pathological conditions of the soul. Responding to …Read more
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    Reason and Revelation: Absolute Agency and the Limits of Actuality in Hegel
    Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 21 (1). 2017.
    Contemporary reluctance to consider any complicity between philosophy and religion has led to an inability to consider, in Hegel studies, how the revelatory agency of the Absolute necessarily complements the narrative of human reason. According to Hegel, reason alone can do no more than end in the endless limitations of actuality, in the infinite approximations of a moral summum bonum and in the ad infinitum strivings for concrete political freedom. Recognizing where revelatory agency occurs in …Read more
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    Comets and Moons: The For-another in Hegel's Philosophy of Nature
    The Owl of Minerva 45 (1/2): 1-11. 2013.
    This paper examines the Hegelian moment of the for-another in its negative relation to the other moment of particularity: the for-itself. I identify the dissolving, fluidifying action of the for-another by examining figures within the Philosophy of Nature, particularly comets and moons, but also Hegel’s physics of light and sound. The dissolution of the lunar for-itself at the hands of the cometary for-another illustrates how the dynamic relation between the two moments of particularity particip…Read more
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    This paper deals with the problematic relationship between thought and nature in Hegel. This entails looking at the philosophy of nature and discovering to what extent it claims to incorporate natural otherness or contingency and how it does so. I briefly summarize other approaches to this question while putting forward my own solution. This is expressed in an argument articulated around the three Hegelian images in the paper’s title. We discover how the relation between philosophy and nature is…Read more
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    Within Hegel’s system of science, judgement (Urteil) is thought’s original dividing from identity into difference. In the same context, judgement is also an act of predication where “subject” must be understood in both a grammatical and psychical sense. Thus, judgement expresses a language act that is a self-positing into the difference of being. This article looks at two examples where Hegel’s ontological notion of judgement obtains, then finds, the roots of this notion in Hölderlin and Fichte.…Read more
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    Hegel and the state university
    The Owl of Minerva 32 (1): 5-19. 2000.
    The creation of the University of Berlin in 1810 was the result of interaction between the state and philosophy, two human expressions whose relationship, at least since Socrates' death and Aristotle's exile, has tended to be problematical. That university, which became an important model for North American institutions of higher learning, was from the outset a state university; it was designed and run by the state, as opposed to what was previously the rule: institutions dependent on the Church…Read more
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    The Hobbesian Ethics of Hegel's Sense-Certainty
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (2): 421-438. 2014.
    In this paper, I explore the largely ignored ethical dimension in the first section of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, Sense-certainty, which tends to be understood exclusively as an epistemological critique of sense-data empiricism. I approach the ethical aspect of the chapter through Hegel’s analysis of language, there, as unable to refer to individual things. I then show that the position Hegel analyses is akin to the one presented by Thomas Hobbes in his Leviathan, as well as in his De Corp…Read more
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    Real Words: Language and System in Hegel
    University of Toronto Press. 2007.
    There exists a very particular grasp of the relation between language and objectivity in the work of G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831), one that rejects the idea of truth as the reflection between words and what they represent.Jeffrey Reid's Real ...
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    Ful-filling the Copula, Determining Nature: The Grammatical Ontology of Hegel's Metaphysics
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 31 (4): 575-593. 2017.
    Until their recent Anglo-American rehabilitation or reinvention, metaphysics, perhaps since Kant, have tended to be either philosophically avoided or rejected wholesale. The word itself has been taken as virtually synonymous with ideology and unscientific religiosity. Systematic metaphysical coherence has even been portrayed as harboring incipient totalitarianism. Epistemologically and politically, metaphysics have been reproached for their pernicious disregard for something called "reality."In …Read more
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    La jeune fille et la mort : Hegel et le désir érotique
    Laval Théologique et Philosophique 61 (2): 345-353. 2005.
    Mettre en rapport des textes de Hegel sur l’amour érotique avec quelques passages du penseur romantique Friedrich Schlegel permet de mettre en relief la méfiance hégélienne à l’égard du désir sexuel. Selon l’échelle hiérarchique de désirs chez Hegel, le désir érotique fait preuve d’un déséquilibre entre le sujet désirant et l’objet désiré, ce qui est typique d’un rapport purement naturel et non spirituel. C’est dire que la connaissance charnelle, avec son objet dénué de Soi propre, représente po…Read more
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    Hegel’s Theory of Imagination (review)
    Dialogue 45 (3): 591-594. 2006.
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    Hegel and the Politics of Tragedy, Comedy and Terror
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (1): 135-153. 2020.
    Greek tragedy, in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, represents the performative realization of binary political difference, for example, “private versus public,” “man versus woman” or “nation versus state.” On the other hand, Roman comedy and French Revolutionary Terror, in Hegel, can be taken as radical expressions of political in-difference, defined as a state where all mediating structures of association and governance have collapsed into a world of “bread and circuses.” In examining the diale…Read more
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    Objectivité et discours chez Hegel
    Philosophiques 28 (2): 351-367. 2001.
    L'objectivité dont s'occupe la science hégélienne n'est pas celle d'une réalité détachée, mue selon les lois dialectiques, et le discours scientifique n'est pas vrai et objectif parce qu'il serait la réflexion adéquate d'une telle réalité. L'objectivité scientifique chez Hegel doit être saisie comme le logos , c'est-à-dire le discours de la science elle-même dans son actualité existante. Il s'agit d'un discours qui est son objet et qui est l'objectivité véritable. Ce type de langage est seulemen…Read more
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    Notes
    In Real Words: Language and System in Hegel, University of Toronto Press. pp. 121-158. 2007.
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    The creation of the University of Berlin in 1810 was the result of interaction between the state and philosophy, two human expressions whose relationship, at least since Socrates' death and Aristotle's exile, has tended to be problematical. That university, which became an important model for North American institutions of higher learning, was from the outset a state university; it was designed and run by the state, as opposed to what was previously the rule: institutions dependent on the Church…Read more
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    Hegel uses the term Einsicht throughout several key subsections of Chapter Six of the Phenomenology of Spirit. Nowhere else in his work does the term enjoy such a sustained treatment. Commentators generally accept Hegel’s use of the term in the Phenomenology as simply referring to the type of counter-religious reasoning found in the French Enlightenment. I show how Hegel derives the term, through the lens of Kant’s essay, ‘What Does It Mean to Orient Oneself in Thinking?’ from the Pantheismusstr…Read more
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    Last Words
    In Real Words: Language and System in Hegel, University of Toronto Press. pp. 117-120. 2007.
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    Objective Language and Scientific Truth in Hegel
    Proceedings of the Hegel Society of America 17 95-110. 2006.
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    2. The Ontological Grasp of Judgment
    In Real Words: Language and System in Hegel, University of Toronto Press. pp. 18-28. 2007.