Sein und geist

Heidegger's confrontation with Hegel's phenomenology

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This paper pursues the ‘thinking dialogue’ between Hegel and Heidegger, a dialogue centred on Heidegger’s ‘confrontation’ with Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. To this end, I examine Heidegger’s critique of Hegel on the relationship between time and Spirit; Heidegger’s interpretation of the Phenomenology as exemplifying the Cartesian-Fichtean metaphysics of the subject; and Heidegger’s later reflections on Hegel as articulating the modern metaphysics of ‘subjectity’. I argue that Heidegger’s confrontation forgets those aspects of Hegel’s philosophy that make him our philosophical contemporary: Hegel’s thinking of intersubjectivity and recognition, of the historicity of the experience of spirit, and his critique of modernity. The point of this dialogue is to begin a retrieval of Hegel from Heidegger’s critical deconstruction, and thus to suggest that the future of Hegel—in Catherine Malabou’s phrase—remains something still to-come.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-152
Number of pages21
JournalCosmos and history : the journal of natural and social philosophy
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • Hegel
  • Heidegger
  • metaphysics
  • modernity
  • intersubjectivity
  • recognition

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