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    Hegel's account of contradiction in the science of logic reconsidered
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (3): 345-373. 2010.
    Hegel's Philosophy is notorious for its alleged claim that all things are contradictory. Whereas Marxists took this claim to support their view that the social-political world exhibits "real" contradictions, non-Hegelian philosophers of various breeds have used it to argue that Hegelian dialectic annihilates the very principle of scientific reasoning.1 Yet, even if it is granted that Hegel did not intend to violate the law of non-contradiction, the stakes of Hegel's account of contradiction in t…Read more
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    While Kant in the Critique of Pure Reason maintains that things in themselves cannot be known, he also seems to assert that they affect our senses and produce representations. Following Jacobi, many commentators have considered these claims to be contradictory. Instead of adding another artificial solution to the existing literature on this subject, I maintain that Kant’s use of terms such as thing-in-itself, noumenon, and transcendental object becomes perfectly consistent if we take them to acq…Read more
  •  160
    Kant, Reichenbach, and the Fate of A Priori Principles
    European Journal of Philosophy 19 (4): 507-531. 2011.
    Abstract: This article contends that the relation of early logical empiricism to Kant was more complex than is often assumed. It argues that Reichenbach's early work on Kant and Einstein, entitled The Theory of Relativity and A Priori Knowledge (1920) aimed to transform rather than to oppose Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. One the one hand, I argue that Reichenbach's conception of coordinating principles, derived from Kant's conception of synthetic a priori principles, offers a valuable way of a…Read more
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    In this article I aim to clarify the nature of Kant’s transformation of rationalist metaphysics into a science by focusing on his conception of transcendental reflection. The aim of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, it is argued, consists primarily in liberating the productive strand of former general metaphysics – its reflection on the a priori elements of all knowledge – from the uncritical application of these elements to all things (within general metaphysics itself) and to things that can onl…Read more
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    However, the interpretation I propose is not primarily meant to provide an answer to the question concerning Hegel’s understanding of language, but rather to be a detour which might lead us to see that the ultimate “element” which has already always intruded into the development of the absolute concept is not language, but something that precedes both language and thinking and cannot be questioned from the perspective of the absolute concept. This means that I will choose a two-fold strategy. Fi…Read more
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    Conceptions of Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (edited book)
    with R. Sonderegger
    Palgrave Macmillan. 2012.
    Does philosophical critique have a future? What are its possibilities, limits, and presuppositions? Bringing together outstanding scholars from various traditions, this collection of essays is the first to examine the forms of critique that have shaped modern and contemporary continental thought. Through critical analyses of key texts by, among others, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Adorno, Habermas, Foucault, and Rancière, it traces the way critique has time and again geared itself towards new cul…Read more
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    in a late note, dated 1797, Kant refers to the schematism of the pure understanding as one of the most difficult as well as one of the most important issues treated in the Critique of Pure Reason.1 His treatment of this theme is indeed notorious for its obscurity.2 As I see it, part of the problem is caused by the fact that Kant frames his discussion in terms that he could expect his readers to be familiar with, while he gradually develops ideas that breach any traditional account of cognition. …Read more
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    Beyond Recognition? Critical Reflections on Honneth’s Reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 21 (4). 2013.
    This article challenges Honneth's reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right in The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel's Social Theory (2001/2010). Focusing on Hegel's method, I argue that this text hardly offers support for the theory of mutual recognition that Honneth purports to derive from it. After critically considering Honneth's interpretation of Hegel's account of the family and civil society, I argue that Hegel's text does not warrant Honneth's tacit identification of mutual recogniti…Read more
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    A ground completely overgrown: Heidegger, Kant and the problem of metaphysics
    with Stephen Howard
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27 (2): 358-377. 2019.
    ABSTRACTWhile we endorse Heidegger’s effort to reclaim Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as a work concerned with the possibility of metaphysics, we hold, first, that his reading is less original than is often assumed and, second, that it unduly marginalizes the critical impetus of Kant’s philosophy. This article seeks to shed new light on Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics and related texts by relating Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant to, on the one hand, the epistemological approach represente…Read more
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    The eternal irony of the community: Aristophanian echoes in Hegel's phenomenology of spirit
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 52 (4). 2009.
    This essay re-examines Hegel's account of Greek culture in the section of the _Phenomenology of Spirit_ devoted to “ethical action”. The thrust of this section cannot be adequately grasped, it is argued, by focusing on Hegel's references to either Sophocles' _Antigone_ or Greek tragedy as a whole. Taking into account Hegel's complex use of literary sources, the essay shows in particular that Hegel draws on Aristophanes' comedies to comprehend the collapse of Greek culture, a collapse he consider…Read more
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    A Greek Tragedy? A Hegelian Perspective on Greece's Sovereign Debt Crisis
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 9 (1): 358-375. 2013.
    Focusing on Greece, this essay aims to contribute to a philosophical understanding of Europe’s current financial crisis and, more generally, of the aporetic implications of the modern determination of freedom as such. One the one hand, I draw on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right in order to argue that modernity entails a potential conflict between a market economy and a state that is supposed to further the interests of the society as a whole. On the other hand, I draw on Sophocles’ Oedipus the King a…Read more
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    On Hegel: The Sway of the Negative
    Palgrave-Macmillan. 2010.
    Hegel is most famous for his view that conflicts between contrary positions are necessarily resolved. Whereas this optimism, inherent in modernity as such, has been challenged from Kierkegaard onward, many critics have misconstrued Hegel's own intentions. Focusing on the Science of Logic, this transformative reading of Hegel on the one hand exposes the immense force of Hegel's conception of tragedy, logic, nature, history, time, language, spirit, politics, and philosophy itself. Drawing out the …Read more
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    Heidegger on East‐West Dialogue: Anticipating the Event, by Lin Ma
    European Journal of Philosophy 18 (3): 468-471. 2010.
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    Kant’s Response to Hume’s Critique of Pure Reason
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101 (3): 376-406. 2019.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 101 Heft: 3 Seiten: 376-406.
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    OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES many attempts have been made to defend Hegel’s philosophy against those who denounce it as crypto-theological, dogmatic metaphysics. This was done first of all by foregrounding Hegel’s indebtedness to Kant, that is, by interpreting speculative science as a radicalization of Kant’s critical project. This emphasis on Hegel’s Kantian roots has resulted in a shift from the Phenomenology of Spirit to the Science of Logic. Robert Pippin’s Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions o…Read more
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    Transformations of Transcendental Philosophy: Wolff, Kant, and Hegel
    Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 32 (1-2): 50-79. 2011.
    Shedding new light on Kant’s use of the term ‘transcendental’ in the Critique of Pure Reason, this article aims to determine the elements that Kant’s transcendental philosophy has in common with Wolffian ontology as well as the respects in which Kant turns against Wolff. On this basis I argue that Wolff’s, Kant’s and Hegel’s conceptions of metaphysics – qua first philosophy – have a deeper affinity than is commonly assumed. Bracketing the issue of Kant’s alleged subjectivism, I challenge the opp…Read more
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    The Vicissitudes of Metaphysics in Kant and Early Post-Kantian Philosophy
    Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 71 (2-3): 267-286. 2015.
    Resumo Não há dúvida que tanto Kant como Hegel viram os seus respectivos trabalhos, como contribuições para aquilo que consideravam ser a “metafísica”. No entanto, a autora argumenta, que isto só deve ser compreendido, tendo presente, as concepções de metafísica de cada um dos autores. A autora, começando pela distinção implícita entre metafísica geral e metafísica especial na Crítica da Razão Pura, argumenta que Kant, Fichte, Schelling e Hegel comprometeram-se com uma investigação que, até essa…Read more
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    Heideggers 'zeit und sein'. Een schets Van de contouren
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 56 (3). 1994.
    Heidegger often stressed that the analysis of Dasein in Being and Time should be understood as a mere preliminary investigation. That this analysis indeed prepares the investigation into the relationship between time, the understanding of Being and ontology,can only become clear when some light is thrown on the never published third section ofBeing and Time. In this section Heidegger would have explicated in what sense time can be understood as condition of possibility for every kind of ontology…Read more
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    The Dissolving Force of the Concept: Hegel’s Ontological Logic
    Review of Metaphysics 57 (4): 787-822. 2004.
    OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES many attempts have been made to defend Hegel’s philosophy against those who denounce it as crypto-theological, dogmatic metaphysics. This was done first of all by foregrounding Hegel’s indebtedness to Kant, that is, by interpreting speculative science as a radicalization of Kant’s critical project. This emphasis on Hegel’s Kantian roots has resulted in a shift from the Phenomenology of Spirit to the Science of Logic. Robert Pippin’s Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions o…Read more
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    In his early Jena System Drafts, Hegel elaborates a conception of time which is no longer thematized in later works such as the Encychpaedia. Hegel's early philosophy of nature bears not only on time insofar as it constitutes — together with space — the basic framework of the sciences, but also on the interiorization of time which occurs in the animal. This interiorization marks a decisive moment in the transition from nature to human consciousness, for it is here, in Hegel's view, that time beg…Read more
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    Thinking in the Light of Time: Heidegger’s Encounter with Hegel (edited book)
    State University of New York Press. 2000.
    Translated from the Dutch, this book offers a systematic interpretation of Heidegger's thought, focusing particularly on recently published works
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    Hegel’s Non-Revolutionary Account of the French Revolution in the Phenomenology of Spirit
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (2): 453-466. 2018.
    Focusing on the section ‘Absolute Freedom and Terror’ of the Phenomenology of Spirit, this article argues that the method Hegel employs in this work does not capture the full significance of the French Revolution. I claim that Hegel’s method is reformist rather than revolutionary: Hegel deliberately restricts his analyses to transformations that occur within the element of thought and presents the changes that occur within this element as logically ensuing from one another. This approach, I argu…Read more
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    Bernard Mabille's Hegel. l'Épreuve De La Contingence (review)
    Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 43 133-137. 2001.