"Beyond" "Aufhebung": Reflections on the Bad Infinite

Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada) (1986)

Rebecca Comay
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
This thesis explores Heidegger's attempt to move beyond the recuperative powers of the dialectic. Its title announces a certain aporia: the "beyond," of course, is precisely what Hegel claims to have transcended; and he has determined that all attempts to overcome him--refutation, opposition, supersession; reversal , inversion , bisection , dissection , periodization --only confirm the potency of the original system. Heidegger displays an acute self-consciousness concerning such aporias of "overcoming." ;This thesis inscribes the Heideggerean project within the horizon of speculative idealism. Heidegger appears to be embroiled in Hegel's earlier struggle with Reflexionsphilosophie . He seems to oscillate between two poles: between a "speculative" drive to surpassing the limit and a "reflective" hesitation or acquiescence at the barrier ; between "good infinite" and "bad infinite"; ultimately between Vernunft and Verstand. Heidegger appears "speculative" in his resistance to the bad infinite in its modern guises , the flux of das Man, the seriality of Technik, the fragmentations of a political aggregate). He appears "reflective" or "Romantic" in his appeal to a "task of thinking": interminable, provisional, forever "underway." He thus appears, at one time, both to resuscitate all Hegel's protests against Reflexionsphilosophie and to vindicate a "philosophy of finitude" which risks relapsing into just the terms Hegel had sought to surpass. Heidegger's thought is neither Spekulation nor Reflexion: it risks the appearance of both in order to negotiate a space between. The movement "'beyond' Aufhebung" is thus in fact a movement between a philosophy of Aufhebung and a philosophy of the "beyond" . ;Such oscillation compels us to rethink the metaphysics of the limit; here a line is traced which may not be comprehended by a speculative logic, and which has many different aspects . This thesis explores these various aspects as they unfold throughout the Heideggerean corpus but with particular reference to Zur Seinsfrage
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,262
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Hegel’s Concept of The True Infinite.Robert R. Williams - 2010 - The Owl of Minerva 42 (1/2):89-122.
Hegel and Heidegger as Transcendental Philosophers.Michael John Baur - 1991 - Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)
Hegel, Kolb, and Flay: Foundationalism or Anti-Foundationalism?James P. Kow - 1993 - International Philosophical Quarterly 33 (2):203-218.
Heidegger y Hegel: distancia y proximidad.Francois Dastur - 1996 - Areté. Revista de Filosofía 8 (1):7 - 23.
Hegel’s Logic of Finitude.Rocío Zambrana - 2012 - Continental Philosophy Review 45 (2):213-233.
Filosofie voorbij de grenzen Van de politiek.Ludwig Heyde - 1993 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 55 (1):72 - 99.
Hegel's Critique of Spinoza's Concept of Substance.Laura Mary Byrne - 1987 - Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)


Added to PP index

Total views
1 ( #1,509,326 of 2,455,641 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,205 of 2,455,641 )

How can I increase my downloads?


Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

My notes