Hegel's Metaphysics is a series of essays analysing the metaphysical ideas and influence of the great German philosopher G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831). Robert Stern traces the way those ideas were taken up and criticised by the British Idealists and American Pragmatists, and by more contemporary continental philosophers.
The great German idealist philosopher G. W. F. Hegel has exerted an immense influence on the development of philosophy from the early 19th century to the present. But the metaphysical aspects of his thought are still under-appreciated. In a series of essays Robert Stern traces the development of a distinctively Hegelian approach to metaphysics and certain central metaphysical issues. The book begins with an introduction that considers this theme as a whole, followed by a section of essays on Hegel himself. Stern then focuses on the way in which certain key metaphysical ideas in Hegel's system, such as his doctrine of the 'concrete universal' and his conception of truth, relate to the thinking of the British Idealists on the one hand, and the American Pragmatists on the other. The volume concludes by examining a critique of Hegel's metaphysical position from the perspective of the 'continental' tradition, and in particular Gilles Deleuze.
Introduction: How is Hegelian Metaphysics Possible?; PART ONE; 1. Hegel's Idealism; 2. Did Hegel Hold an Identity Theory of Truth?; 3. Hegel's Doppelsatz: A Neutral Reading; PART TWO; 4. British Hegelianism: A Non-Metaphysical View?; 5. Hegel, British Idealism, and the Curious Case of the Concrete Universal; 6. Coherence as a Test for Truth; PART THREE; 7. Hegel and Pragmatism; 8. Peirce on Hegel: Nominalist or Realist?; 9. Peirce, Hegel and the Category of Secondness; 10. Peirce, Hegel and the Category of Firstness; 11. James and Bradley on Understanding; PART FOUR; 12. Individual Existence and the Philosophy of Difference