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Chapter 3 - Hegel’s Critique of “the Former Metaphysics”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 April 2023

Jacob McNulty
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University College London
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This chapter explains Hegel's critique of pre-Kantian metaphysics, distinguishing it from Kant's own. The shortcomings of "the former metaphysics" are due not to going beyond the bounds of reason but to an uncritical relationship to traditional logic. Hence its lack of self-criticism is analogous to that exhibited by Kant, meaning that the former metaphysics and its most famous idealist critic commit the same mistake.

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Print publication year: 2023

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