Hegel, Idealism, and Analytic Philosophy

Hegel, Idealism, and Analytic Philosophy

Tom Rockmore
Copyright Date: 2005
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 286
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    Hegel, Idealism, and Analytic Philosophy
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    In this book-the first large-scale survey of the complex relationship between Hegel's idealism and Anglo-American analytic philosophy-Tom Rockmore argues that analytic philosophy has consistently misread and misappropriated Hegel.

    According to Rockmore, the first generation of British analytic philosophers to engage Hegel possessed a limited understanding of his philosophy and of idealism. Succeeding generations continued to misinterpret him, and recent analytic thinkers have turned Hegel into a pragmatist by ignoring his idealism. Rockmore explains why this has happened, defends Hegel's idealism, and points out the ways that Hegel is a key figure for analytic concerns, focusing in particular on the fact that he and analytic philosophers both share an interest in the problem of knowledge.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-12958-8
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 1-10)

    The nascent analytic turn to Hegel calls attention to his often unsuspected contribution to the problem of knowledge while highlighting deep differences limiting most, perhaps all, effort to appropriate Hegel for traditional analytic purposes. Hegel’s interest for the contemporary debate on knowledge is not often recognized since even today his difficult position is still not well understood. He was refuted as part of the emergence of Anglo-American analytic philosophy in England a century ago. He is widely thought to be out of step with our historical moment, and even to have been “overcome,” for instance, by the results of modern...

  4. 1 Idealism, British Idealism, and Analytic Philosophy
    (pp. 11-63)

    We can start by clarifying some basic terms. Any assessment of the long-standing analytic antipathy to Hegel presupposes an understanding of terms such as “British idealism,” “German idealism,” and “idealism.” Analytic thinkers in revolt against idealism, or British idealism, were often, perhaps never very clear about what they were revolting against. None of the early analytic thinkers had more than a very general, imprecise conception of British idealism, German idealism, or idealism in general. There is no idealism in general any more than there is a general triangle and there is no single doctrinal commitment shared by all thinkers in...

  5. 2 Pragmatism, Analytic Neopragmatism, and Hegel
    (pp. 64-164)

    Pragmatism, Hegel, and the neo-analytic interest in pragmatism are interrelated. Idealism is an ingredient in the emergence of classical American pragmatism and in different ways in analytic neopragmatism. There is a reciprocal relation between the analytic concerns with pragmatism and with Hegel. The analytic interest in appropriating Hegel sometimes leads toward pragmatism and, conversely, the analytic interest in pragmatism sometimes leads toward Hegel.

    Much of the debate about pragmatism and among pragmatists concerns nonepistemological issues. J. E. Smith, a scholar of American pragmatism, denies that pragmatism can be fairly understood as a specific form of empiricism, or even, more generally,...

  6. 3 Hegel, Idealism, and Knowledge
    (pp. 165-228)

    I have argued, through examination of the origins and later development of the analytic reaction to idealism, that the original, very influential, reaction against (British) idealism by Moore and to a lesser extent Russell was based on an at most precarious grasp of what they intended to reject. I have further proposed that their arguments, which are still often accepted without examination or debate as the basis for continuing to reject idealism, are unconvincing. I have finally argued that the currently nascent recuperation of Hegel for analytic philosophy also often features a precarious grasp of Hegel’s theories.

    It would be...

  7. Notes
    (pp. 229-264)
  8. Index
    (pp. 265-280)