Contemporary analytic philosophy draws a sharp distinction between understanding how the world is (metaphysics) and how we can gain knowledge about it (epistemology). For Hegel, these two questions cannot be severed. Philosophy aims to uncover the rational structure of the world through investigating how the world is represented by concepts, judgments, and inferences. This course is an attempt to re-evaluate Hegel’s metaphysics, which, despite Hegel’s 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 issues to be discussed: reason and reality; being and becoming; identity, difference, and contradiction; conceptual evolution and history; abstraction and concretization; teleology and the logic of life.