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Hegel, Kant and the structure of the object
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1990.
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9780415025935
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xi, 169 p.
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English
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Hegel's holistic metaphysics challenges much recent ontology with its atomistic and reductionist assumptions; Stern offers us an original reading of Hegel and contrasts him with his predecessor, Kant.


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Through readings that reveal new levels of detail across the wide range of Hegel's writing, Stern demonstrates clearly how Hegel's scientific realism retrieves the irreducibility of the object's universal substance from the subjectivization of experience in Kant's critical philosophy. Stern shows how Hegel's capacity to discern the universal "Idea" within the phenomenal world emerged through a certain overcoming of the synthetic unities of Kant's transcendental subjectivity. Stern traces what Hegel calls the differentiated "diamantine" identity of the object through original readings of the three sections--treating nature, logic and mind--of his Encyclopadie der philosphischen Wissenschaften (1817). The lucid authority of Stern's account of subjective and objective idealism will establish this new book as a most valuable contribution to understanding the difference between Hegel's objective Idea and Kant's transcendentals. While Stern has his own distinct agenda, his reading has discernible links with a deconstructive genealogy leading from Hegel to Heidegger and Derrida, in which the subjective excesses of "modernity" are reduced and space is made in which to account for the otherness, the radical alterity, that dwells within the object. The Idea, though still withdrawn from understanding, differs from the mind which, in turn, defers to that difference; hence the radical otherness of the Idea, which differs from both nature and mind. All readers interested in the history and consequences of German idealism will surely want to take Stern's arguments into account. Advanced undergraduates and up. -N. Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago