Hegelianism and Naturalism

On the one hand, Hegelianism would resist any attempt to make consciousness of a self derivative or epiphenomenal, whether this attempt denied the reality of the self altogether (as happens in EM) or made it emergent from something more basal (as happens in every other sort of Physicalism.) On the other hand, Hegelianism seems to fall clearly on the monist side of our monist/dualist division, since it considers it impossible to ascend out of the world. Spirit or consciousness is immanent in the historical becoming of things.

The simplest way to read this is that Hegel denies the basis of both modern dualism and Naturalism. He denies the dualist claim that there is anything that escapes being conditioned by a historical process, but he denies the Naturalist claim that natural science is a final state of human knowing. We can either see our modern predicament as a critique of Hegel (i.e. we discovered that the middle way he tried to strike was impossible) or we can see Hegel as undercutting the modern dualist/monist dichotomy.

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