Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique - William F. BristowOxford: Clarendon Press, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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From the cover: ďWilliam F. Rristow presents an original and illuminating study of the nature of Hegelís epistemological project in his hugely influential but notoriously difficult Phenomenology of Spirit. Hegel describes the method of this work as a Ďway of despairí, meaning thereby that the reader who undertakes its inquiry must be open to the experience of self-loss through it. Whereas the existential dimension of Hegelís work has often been either ignored or regarded as romantic ornamentation, Bristow argues that it belongs centrally to Hegelís attempt to fulfil a demanding epistemological ambition.
With his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant expressed a new epistemological demand with respect to rational knowledge and presented a new method for meeting this demand. Bristow reconstructs Hegelís objection to Kantís Critical Philosophy, according to which Kantís way of meeting the epistemological demand of philosophical critique presupposes subjectivism, that is, presupposes the restriction of our knowledge to things as they are merely for us. Whereas Hegel in his early Jena writings rejects Kantís critical project altogether on this basis, he comes to see that the epistemological demand expressed in Kantís project must be met. Bristow argues that Hegelís method in the Phenomenology of Spirit takes shape as his attempt to meet the epistemological demand of Kantian critique without presupposing subjectivism. The key to Hegelís transformation of Kantís critical procedure, by virtue of which subjectivism is to be avoided, is precisely the existential or self-transformational dimension of Hegelís criticism, the openness of the criticising subject to being transformed through the epistemological procedure.Ē