Philosophy without Foundations

Rethinking Hegel

By William Maker

Subjects: Postmodernism
Series: SUNY series in Hegelian Studies, SUNY series in Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791421000, 298 pages, October 1994
Hardcover : 9780791420997, 298 pages, October 1994

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Table of contents


A Note on the Text


Part One. The Relevance of Hegel

1. Reason and the Problem of Modernity

2. Philosophy as Systematic Science

3. Hegel's Phenomenology as Introduction to Systematic Science

4. Beginning Philosophy without 'Beginnings'

5. Philosophy and Dialectical Method

6. On the Presumed Blasphemy of Hegelian Absolutism

Part Two. The Transcendence of Contemporary Philosophy

7. Hegel and Hermeneutics

8. The Critique of Marx and Marxist Thought

9. The Dead End of Postmodernism

10. The Renewed Appeal to Transcendental Arguments

11. The Problematic Role of God in Modern Epistemology



William Maker is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Clemson University.


"The author offers a forthright, closely-reasoned, often pungently-worded series of arguments, often developing considerable persuasive momentum for considering Hegel as a non-metaphysical, non-foundational thinker, and for recognizing the continuing relevance of Hegel to ongoing philosophical discussion. Ever since the late 1960s contemporary philosophy has been rediscovering the 'radical' Hegel buried under lazy interpretations from the past. This book advances this project and demonstrates aspects of its relevance in a cogent and compelling manner. " — Chip Sills, U. S. Naval Academy

"Maker writes for the general philosophic reader and not for the reader already converted to his point of view. I was consistently made aware of implications of a point of view that I thought I had already pretty much grasped in full. I found myself forced to rethink matters that I thought I had settled for myself. " — Alan Ponikvar, College of Staten Island