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Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique$
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William F. Bristow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290642.001.0001

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Hegel's Suspicion: Kantian Critique and Subjectivism

Hegel's Suspicion: Kantian Critique and Subjectivism

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Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique

William F. Bristow (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that Kant's articulation of norm-governed agency that we find nearly explicit in the transcendental deduction of the categories and more fully explicit in his account of the structure of human practical reason in his practical writings, is already implicit in the epistemological project of a critique of pure reason. Hence, Kant's subjectivism is but an expression of his revolution in philosophical methodology. The epistemological demand expressed in Kant's critical project is to validate the authority of the norms of reason in a process of reflection on our cognitive faculties. This demand already implies a highest principle of reason, namely, the conformity of externally given content to the principle expressing the formal self-relating activity of the subject.

Keywords:   Kant, subjectivism, philosophical methodology, norm-governed agency

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