Hegel and naturphilosophie

Against current non-metaphysical interpretations, I argue that Naturphilosophie is central to Hegel's philosophy. This is so for three reasons. First, it was crucial to Hegel's program to create a holistic culture. Second, Naturphilosophie is pivotal to absolute idealism, Hegel's characteristic philosophical doctrine. Third, the idea of organic development, so central to Naturphilosophie, is pervasive throughout Hegel's system. This idea is essential to Hegel's concepts of spirit, dialectic, and identity-in-difference. Finally, I take issue with the neo-Kantian critique of Hegel's Naturphilosophie on the grounds that it fails to appreciate the underlying motive behind Hegel's system: the attempt to resolve the aporia of Kant's epistemology.
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    Frederick Beiser (1995). Hegel, a Non-Metaphysician! A Polemic. Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 32:1-13.
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