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Hegelian Metaphysics$
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Robert Stern

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239108.001.0001

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Individual Existence and the Philosophy of Difference

Individual Existence and the Philosophy of Difference

(p.345) 12 Individual Existence and the Philosophy of Difference
Hegelian Metaphysics

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This chapter explores Hegel's account of the ‘concrete universal’ as a distinctive metaphysical response to the problem of individuality, which concerns what makes something an individual. It is argued that Hegel introduced his notion of the concrete universal to avoid Platonism on the one hand (which leaves insufficient room for individual particulars) and nominalism on the other (which reduces that particularity to an empty haecceity or ‘thisness’). Important challenges to Hegel's position within the continental tradition are then considered, particularly that offered by Gilles Deleuze.

Keywords:   Hegel, concrete universal, individuals, universals, nominalism, Platonism, haecceity, Gilles Deleuze

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