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Understanding Hegel's Mature Critique of Kant$
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John McCumber

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785457

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785457.001.0001

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Hegel Contra Kant on Philosophical Critique and the Limits of Knowledge

Hegel Contra Kant on Philosophical Critique and the Limits of Knowledge

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Understanding Hegel's Mature Critique of Kant

John Mccumber

Stanford University Press

With the understanding that Hegel’s critique of Kant provides substantial insight into Hegel’s own philosophical project, this chapter disentangles Hegel’s criticisms of Kant’s theoretical philosophy regarding the limit Kant places on cognition. This raises two interrelated issues in Kant: that of the things we cannot know and that of the power of knowing them, which we do not possess. This chapter discusses Hegel’s views on things in themselves and on the enigmatic faculty of intellectual intuition, which for Kant would be how we would know things in themselves if we were able know them at all. The chapter begins by outlining Hegel’s particular criticisms of Kant’s epistemological and ontological premises in order to better understand what Hegel thinks of the distinction between appearances and things in themselves, and where between those two spheres, knowledge is situated.

Keywords:   Kant, Hegel, intellectual intuition, cognition, epistemology, ontology, transcendental idealism, thing-in-itself, noumenon

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