Hegel and Aristotle (Modern European Philosophy)

Hegel and Aristotle (Modern European Philosophy)

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Alfredo Ferrarin
Cambridge University Press, 8/21/2008
EAN 9780521037754, ISBN10: 0521037751

Paperback, 468 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

Hegel is, arguably, the most difficult of all philosophers. To find a way into his thought interpreters have usually approached him as though he were developing Kantian and Fichtean themes. This book demonstrates in a systematic way that it makes much more sense to view Hegel's idealism in relation to the metaphysical and epistemological tradition stemming from Aristotle. The book offers an account of Hegel's idealism in light of his interpretation, discussion, assimilation and critique of Aristotle's philosophy. There are explorations of Hegelian and Aristotelian views of system and history; being, metaphysics, logic, and truth; nature and subjectivity; spirit, knowledge, and self-knowledge; ethics and politics. No serious student of Hegel can afford to ignore this major interpretation. It will also be of interest in such fields as political science and the history of ideas.

List of abbreviations
Part I. The History of Philosophy and its Place within the System
1. The idea of a history of philosophy
2. The arrangement of the Lectures on Aristotle
architectonic and systematic presuppositions of Hegel's interpretation
Part II. Logic and Metaphysics
3. The Lectures on the Metaphysics
4. The Aristotelian heritage in the Science of Logic
5. Aristotelian questions
6. Essence and concept
Part III. Aristotle and the Realphilosophie
7. Aristotelian and Newtonian models in Hegel's philosophy of nature
8. Aristotle's De anima and Hegel's philosophy of subjective spirit
9. The political realization of ethics
Part IV. Conclusions
10. Truth, holism and judgement
11. The pictures of Aristotle in Hegel's formative years

'A great book. Ferrarin brings to the fore the broader background of Hegel's interpretation of Aristotle. Ferrarin shows (but never shows up!) a deep knowledge of these issues. He avoids the pitfalls of any comparative study. He does not satisfy himself with observing that Hegel was influenced by Aristotle - which would be belabouring the obvious. He shows why, for what inner reasons, Hegel had to see in Aristotle a brotherly mind.' Rémi Brague, author of Aristolte et la question du monde and La sagesse du monde