Autonomy, Negativity, and the Challenge of Spinozism in Hegel's Science of Logic

Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (1):101-126 (2018)
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Hegel's project of elaborating a "speculative logic" is representative of a distinctively post-Kantian trend.2 Hegel shares his like-minded contemporaries' critical assessment that Kant had failed to offer a proper deduction of the cornerstone of his philosophical edifice, the so-called 'categories' or 'pure concepts of the understanding'.3 Kant does of course offer what he calls a deduction of the categories, namely, an argument for his claim that, in cognizing the matter passively given to it in sensibility, the finite subject's activity necessarily manifests itself through the "functions of synthetic unity" that constitute the structure...



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