On Hegel’s Platonism
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Anglo-American students of Hegel owe a debt of gratitude to J.N. Findlay. Although on the Continent re-evaluation of Hegel’s doctrines has proceeded continuously, fluidity of interpretation seldom characterizes the Anglo-American scholarship. In England Hegel has been made known and rejected through the great systems of Bradley and Bosanquet. That Hegel was a transcendent metaphysician, a subjectivist in epistemology, and a manic rationalist is a cherished idol in the English marketplace, and a story many times told. The fruits of Findlay’s demythologization of Hegel are harvested in his various articles and volumes which have punctuated Hegelian scholarship over the past twenty years.
KeywordsComparative Philosophy Contemporary Relevance Passionate Language Liberal Humanism Historic Enterprise
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