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6. Recognition—Future Hegelian Challenges for a Contemporary Philosophical Paradigm

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This chapter argues that Hegel as a systematic philosopher confronts the contemporary paradigm of recognition with difficult and far-reaching questions concerning its own foundation, both methodologically and thematically. Hegel is said to hold implausibly speculative, metaphysical premises, together with a corresponding teleological concept of history and a Euro- and Christocentrism which simply fail in the face of today's multicultural society. The chapter discusses three considerations: First, Hegel's concept of philosophy as a science of the absolute idea and its non-metaphysical character must be considered more closely. Next, this provides the basis for showing that and why Hegel's philosophy is not practical philosophy. Finally, both two considerations highlight some significant features of embedding the paradigm of recognition within Hegel's philosophy of the idea.

Keywords: Christocentrism; Hegelian philosophy; metaphysics; speculative idealism



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