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Hegel's Concept of Life: Self-Consciousness, Freedom, Logic

Karen Ng


This book defends a new interpretation of Hegel’s idealism as oriented by a philosophical and logical concept of life, focusing on Hegel’s Science of Logic. Beginning with the influence of Kant’s Critique of Judgment, Karen Ng argues that Hegel’s key philosophical contributions concerning self-consciousness, freedom, and logic all develop around the idea of internal purposiveness, which Hegel views as “Kant’s great service to philosophy.” Ng charts the development of the purposiveness theme in Kant and argues that its key innovation is the claim that the purposiveness of nature enables the ope ... More

Keywords: Hegel, Kant, German idealism, nineteenth-century philosophy, life, logic, purposiveness, concept, idea, judgment

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190947613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190947613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Ng, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

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