Hegel In Contemporay Philosophy PT2 – Hegel In America – ONLINE
It is a common myth that Hegel is wholly alien to American philosophy in the 20th century. Although this view is encouraged by the genuine hostility many 20th century American philosophers felt towards Hegel, it encourages us to ignore some of the most interesting and profound currents in the American philosophical tradition. The purpose of this course is to examine the rich history of American Hegelianism. What does American philosophy owe to Hegel? Do analytic philosophers and pragmatists read Hegel accurately? How plausible are the ideas that they find in Hegels work, and how could they be applied to contemporary problems? Along the way we will examine the classical pragmatism of C.S. Peirce and John Dewey; the absolute pragmatism of Josiah Royce Central to the course will be Wilfrid Sellarss systematic reimagining of epistemology and ontology and its often unacknowledged debt to Hegel. We will also examine the Pittsburgh school of epistemology and the philosophy of language and the associated non-metaphysical Hegelianism of Pippin and Pinkard. A major pre-occupation of all of these figures is the attempt to engage with the way that Hegel conceives of what it is to be human in profoundly social and historical terms.
Who is this course for
This course is at Advanced level and so would not be suitable for people who are new to studying philosophy. It would be an ideal continuation course for students who have previously studied on our Intermediate level courses and who now want a course that will look at the work of a particular philosopher or theme in some depth. It may also be suitable for people who have had some previous grounding in Philosophy and who now want to study in more depth.
Although you should have some previous experience of studying philosophy it is not expected that you need to have a great deal of familiarity with any of the philosophers mentioned above, as this is what the course will aim to provide. However, it is recommended that students have some familiarity with Hegel, and the Phenomenology of Spirit in particular-for example, by taking the Mary Ward Centre's autumn term course on Hegel.
What does this course cover
This course begins by examining the links between American pragmatism and Hegel. Josiah Royce's 'absolute pragmatism' is clearly informed by Hegel's idealism, but so too, we shall see, are the more orthodox pragmatist theories of C.S. Peirce and John Dewey. We then turn to Wilfrid Sellars, whose 'Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind' and 'Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man' were key influences on the more explicitly Hegelian theories of the inferentialists, the Pittsburgh School and neo-pragmatism. Sellars is also a key influence on the 'non-metaphysical' American reading of Hegel and, in particular, the reception of the opening of the Phenomenology of Spirit.
For the following four weeks, we examine four different Sellarsian philosophers. Firstly, we look at Robert Brandom, whose Hegelian and Sellarsian account of normativity represents one of the most significant contributions to the epistemology and the philosophy of language of the last fifty years. Secondly, we turn to the work of John McDowell, who attempts to develop a version of empiricism that can survive Hegel's critique of sense-certainty. Thirdly, we examine Robert Pippin's hugely influential non-metaphysical reading of Hegel, which radicalises Kant's account of the central role of self-consciousness to thinking in general. Finally, we will discuss Terry Pinkard's account of the way in which our epistemic norms are institutionalised in historically specific phenomena such as theatre, art and religion, and what happens when those institutions break down.
By the end of this course, students should not only be able to engage with contemporary Hegel scholarship in the anglophone, but also to participate in current debates in epistemology, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of perception.
What will it be like
What this course could lead to
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
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