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Philip T. Grier A Turning Point in Oxford Idealism: Errol E. Harris’s Oxford Writings
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As a young Victoria Scholar from South Africa studying at Oxford from 1931–33, Errol Harris encountered most of the prominent representatives of “Oxford Idealism” there. He discovered that, predominantly under the influence of Bradley, they were uniformly convinced that Hegel’s Naturphilosophie was a superfluous “addition” to his system, accomplishing nothing not already provided by the Science of Logic, and that, moreover, to treat Nature as a reality (as opposed to an appearance) would introduce a fundamental contradiction into Hegel’s thought. In this general attitude they were strongly supported by the Italian “neo-Idealists” with whom they were closely engaged. In work accomplished during those two years, Harris laid the foundations for a thorough reversal of this attitude, arguing that in the absence of a philosophy of nature Hegel’s system could be neither coherent nor complete. On this basis Harris would eventually succeed in constructing the outlines of a complete cosmology grounded in twentieth-century physical theory.
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Martin Krahn The Species Problem in Hegel's Philosophy of Nature
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In this article, I argue that species are mutable in Hegel’s philosophy of biology. While scholars have argued for the compatibility of Hegel’s philosophy and Darwin’s theory of evolution, none have dealt with the ontological status of species in their respective accounts. In order to make the case that for Hegel species are mutable, I first deal with a textual problem that in the 1827 edition of the Encyclopedia, the species concept appears after the sexual relationship, whereas in the 1830 edition it appears prior. I argue that these different sequences entail different models for the species concept. By examining the conceptual development leading up to the account of species, on the one hand, and contemporary biological accounts of the status of species on the other, I argue that the 1827 model is more consistent both with Hegel’s method and with the species concept of contemporary biology.
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Jon Stewart Hegel's Analysis of Egyptian Art and Architecture as a Form of Philosophical Anthropology
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In his different analyses of ancient Egypt, Hegel underscores the marked absence of writings by the Egyptians. Unlike the Chinese with the I Ching or the Shoo king, the Indians with the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Persians with the Avesta, the Jews with the Old Testament, and the Greeks with the poems of Homer and Hesiod, the Egyptians, despite their developed system of hieroglyphic writing, left behind no great canonical text. Instead, he claims, they left their mark by means of the architecture and art. This paper explores Hegel’s analysis of the Egyptians’ obelisks, pyramids, sphinxes, etc. in order to understand why he believes that these are so important for understanding the Egyptian spirit. This analysis illustrates Hegel’s use of history and culture in the service of philosophical anthropology.
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Philip T. Grier Paolo Diego Bubbio. God and the Self in Hegel: Beyond Subjectivism
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Eric v.d. Luft Molly Farneth. Hegel’s Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation
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Filip Niklas Thom Brooks and Sebastian Stein, eds. Hegel’s Political Philosophy: On the Normative Significance of Method and System
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Ardis B. Collins Dedicated to the Memory of Robert R. Williams, Who Passed from This Life on March 10, 2018
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book discussion: hegel on the proofs and the personhood of god, by robert r. williams
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Ardis B. Collins List of Abbreviations for the Discussion of Hegel on the Proofs and the Personhood of God, by Robert R. Williams
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