Hegel

Campus: 
Budapest
Academic Year: 
2019-2020
Term: 
Winter
Credits: 
2.0
ECTS Credits: 
4.0
Course Description: 

Hegel’s metaphysics was very influential in the 19th and in the early 20th century, but later, mainly as a result of some analytic philosophers (self-)criticism over ‘Hegelianism’, it lost its popularity and has for long been ignored among analytic philosophers. This course is an attempt to re-evaluate Hegel’s metaphysics, which, despite Hegel’s famously mind-boggling style, has many interesting insights even for contemporary philosophers. The course does not attempt to defend Hegel on all fronts, its main purpose is to understand the importance of his legacy by a close reading of (some) of his texts. Some of issues that we shall discuss: the historical method in metaphysics; the significance of the subjective-objective distinction in the theory of nature; the role of definitions and contradictions in theory-building; the method of concretization; the meaning of metaphysical holism.