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Description - Hegel, Nietzsche and the Criticism of Metaphysics by Stephen Houlgate

This study of Hegel and Nietzsche evaluates and compares their work through their common criticism of the metaphysics for operating with conceptual oppositions such as being/becoming and egoism/altruism. Dr Houlgate exposes Nietzsche's critique as employing the distinction of Life and Thought, which itself constitutes a metaphysical dualism of the kind Nietzsche attacks. By comparison Hegel is shown to provide a more profound critique of metaphysical dualism by applying his philosophy of the dialectic, which sees such alleged opposites as defining components of a dynamic. In choosing to study a theme so fundamental to both philosophers' work, Houlgate has established a framework within which to evaluate the Hegel-Nietzsche debate; to make the first full study of Nietzsche's view of Hegel's work; and to compare Nietzsche's Dionysic philosophy with Hegel's dialectical philosophy by focusing on tragedy, a subject central to the philosophy of both.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521892797
ISBN-10: 0521892791
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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