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Spirit's Actuality

Michael Quante

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Michael Quante, Spirit's Actuality (2018), mentis, Münster, ISBN: 9783957437778

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Hegel’s philosophy of mind is a systematically current conception due to its consistent anti-scientism and its multifaceted rejection of all forms of philosophical scepticism and its being a conception that has many references to pragmatism.

In its detailed examination of Hegelian texts this book offers various systematic references to current philosophy of mind. From the starting point of a basis of action theory the specific moves of Hegel’s concept of mind are developed: The antidualistic synthesis of corporality and spirituality and the genuine sociability of the human mind create the framework in which Hegel develops a modern conception of concrete freedom.
The primary goal of this book is to turn Hegel’s philosophy of mind into fertile terrain for the addressing of central problems of the present by bringing his systematic views into a dialogue with philosophical positions which have proponents today.

“Quante’s Hegel deserves to play a significant role in discussions of the most important contemporary issue in philosophy: the nature and importance of human freedom.” (Robert Pippin)


  • Cover
  • Titel
  • Impressum
  • Inhalt
  • Notes on citations
  • List of abbreviations
  • Preface by Robert Pippin
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Metaphysics and Common Sense
  • 2.1 Three Positions of Thought with Respect to Objectivity
  • 2.2 The Structure of Idea: Nature and Spirit
  • 2.3 A Question of Method?
  • 3. Speculative Philosophy as Therapy?
  • 3.1 The Standpoint of Philosophy
  • 3.2 Forms of Therapeutic and Constructive Philosophy
  • 3.3 Speculative Philosophy as Therapy?
  • 3.4 No Way out of Hegel's System?
  • 4. Hegel's Critique of Observing Reason
  • 4.1 The Place of Observing Reason in the Phenomenology
  • 4.2 Observational Psychology and Hegel's Conception of the Mental
  • 4.3 Physiognomy and Phrenology
  • 4.4 The Contemporary Relevance of Hegel's Discussion of observing Reason
  • 5. Nature as Spirit's Posit and Presupposition
  • 5.1 For whom is Nature a Presupposition of Spirit?
  • 5.2 Spirit as the Truth of Nature and what is Absolutely Primary
  • 6. Layering versus Positing Accounts of the Mental
  • 6.1 Characteristics of the Layered Model
  • 6.2 The Characteristics of the Model of Logical Reflection
  • 6.3 Indefensible Metaphysics?
  • 7. Self-Consciousness and Individuation
  • 7.1 Universality, Particularity, Individuality
  • 7.2 The I as a Concept that has come into ExistenceD
  • 7.3 The Logical Category of the in-and-for-itself Free Will
  • 7.4 The in-and-for-itself Free Will in its Abstract Concept
  • 8. The Personality of the Will
  • 8.1 The Organization of the Introduction to Abstract Right
  • 8.2 The Logical Structure of the Introduction to Abstract Right
  • 9. Action
  • 9.1 Hegel's Critique of Scientistic Action Theory in the Phenomenology
  • 9.2 Hegel's Theory of Action: The Morality Chapter of the Philosophy of Right
  • 9.3 Hegel's Theory in the Context of Contemporary Systematic Philosophy
  • 10. Responsibility
  • 10.1 A Methodological Remark
  • 10.3 Systematic Questions
  • 11. The Grammar of Recognition
  • 11.1 The Concept of Spirit
  • 11.2 The Concept of Self-Consciousness
  • 11.3 The Pure Concept of Recognition
  • 12. Individual, Community and State
  • 12.1 The Structure of the Current Debate
  • 12.2 The Will as a Basic Principle in Hegelian Social Philosophy
  • 12.3 The Appeal of Hegel's Social Philosophy
  • 13. Hegel's Ethical Pragmatism
  • 13.1 Some Central Features of Pragmatism
  • 13.2 Connections and Challenges: Hegel as a Pragmatist?
  • 13.3.2 The Fragility of Objective Spirit
  • 13.4 The Sublation of Morality in Ethical Life as a Pragmatist Strategy of Justification
  • 14. Personal Autonomy
  • 14.1 Personal Autonomy in Contemporary Philosophy
  • 14.2 Hegel's Conception of Personal Autonomy
  • 14.3 Problems with Hegel's View
  • 15. Prospects for a Hegelian Biomedical Ethics
  • 15.1 Nature, Naturalness and Freedom
  • 15.2 Individual Self-Determination and Social Identity
  • 15.3 Holism as a Method in Biomedical Ethics
  • Bibliography
  • Notes on the text
  • Translation notes and glossary
  • Index of names

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