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Idealistic Studies

Volume 33, Issue 2/3, Summer/Fall 2003

Heidi M. Ravven
Pages 195-202

Hegel’s Epistemic Turn—Or Spinoza’s?

This paper takes issue with Slavoj Zizek's constructed opposition between Spinoza and Hegel. Where Zizek views Hegel's non-dualistic relational epistemology as a substantial improvement over Spinoza's purported dogmatic account of a reality which is external to the perceiver, I argue that Hegel inherited such an epistemology from Spinoza. Ultimately, it is Spinoza who provides Hegel with the conceptual tools for knowledge of the "transphenomenal" within the context of human finitude.

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