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Hegel's Naturalism: Mind, Nature, and the Final Ends of Life

Terry Pinkard


Hegel's version of naturalism is drawn from Aristotelian naturalism: Hegel fused Aristotle's conception of nature with his insistence that the origin and development of philosophy has empirical physics as its presupposition. As a result, Hegel found that, although modern nature must be understood as a whole to be nonpurposive, there is nonetheless a place for Aristotelian purposiveness within such nature. Such a naturalism provides the framework for explaining how we are both natural organisms and also practically minded (self‐determining, rationally responsive, reason‐giving) beings. In argui ... More

Keywords: Hegel, naturalism, self‐consciousness, politics, metaphysics, organicism, dialectic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terry Pinkard, author
Georgetown University