The Logic of Life: Hegel's Philosophical Defense of Teleological Explanation of Living Beings

In The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge University Press (2008)

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James Kreines
Claremont McKenna College
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Kant argues that we necessarily conceive of living beings in irreducibly teleological terms, but that we cannot know that living beings themselves truly satisfy the implications of teleological judgment. Hegel argues in response that we can know that living beings are teleological systems. Both Kant and Hegel here advocate positions distinct from those most popular today. And although much of the biological science of their time is now outdated, each has philosophical arguments of lasting interest and import. I focus on Hegel’s case, its philosophical strengths, and its relevance to his broader metaphysical views.
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