The Limit of Metatheory and the Interpretation of Hegel’s System

Verifiche: Rivista Trimestrale di Scienze Umane 1 (xlvi):39-61 (2017)
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Abstract

Hegel aims to defend a system of philosophy. So interpreters should consider what is required to interpret this specifically as a system. Once we are clear about this, I argue, we can see what would be involved in reading Hegel’s philosophy as a kind of metatheory. This allows discerning the strongest way of developing a reading of Hegel’s philosophy as a metatheory. But it also brings out reasons to avoid even the strongest version of that approach, or reasons to read Hegel’s philosophy as metaphysics rather than metatheory.

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