Opposites, Contradictories, and Mediation in Kierkegaard's Critique of Hegel

Heythrop Journal 52 (6):24-36 (2011)
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In this paper I argue that Kierkegaard endorses Hegel's theory of mediation, the view that relative opposites are mediated. However, I show that Kierkegaard denies Hegel's thesis that there are all and only relative opposites. I develop two of his arguments against this thesis. The first is existential. This argument comes from the dramatic interplay between A, the often disagreeable aesthete of Either/Or I, and Judge William, the dutiful ethicist of Either/Or II. Judge William convincingly argues that the possibility of future aiming human projects is rendered obsolete if aesthetic and ethical forms of existence are mediated opposites. The second is philosophical. This second argument is offered by Johannes Climacus in Concluding Unscientific Postscript. I show that Climacus issues a reductio argument that I call "the argument from insufficient difference."



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Shannon Nason
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Concluding Unscientific Postscript.Søen Kierkegaard & Walter Lowrie - 1941 - Princeton University Press for American-Scandinavian Foundation.
Hegel's Science of Logic.Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (ed.) - 1929 - London, England: Humanity Books.
Hegel’s God: A Counterfeit Double?William Desmond - 2003 - Ashgate Publishing Company.

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