Friday, August 15, 2008

Franks, Paul. "Review of William F. Bristow's HEGEL AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHILOSOPHICAL CRITIQUE." NDPR (August 2008).

Bristow, William F. Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique. Oxford: OUP, 2007. William Bristow has written a superb book that makes a significant contribution both to the study of Hegel and Kant, and to current discussions of Hegelian and Kantian themes in epistemology. One should not underestimate the difficulty of illuminating both Hegel and Kant. Hegelians and Kantians have been talking past each other for two hundred years or so, and it is remarkably hard to articulate either position in a way that does justice to the other. While Bristow is fully explicit that his book is primarily in the service of Hegelianism, he undertakes at the same time to be as fair as possible to Kantian objections. Along with its philosophical ingenuity and interpretive scrupulousness, this fair-mindedness helps to make Bristow's book the most successful account so far of the Hegelian criticism of Kant. The final chapter also contains a highly suggestive and strikingly original account of a Hegelian alternative to Kantian approaches in epistemology. . . . Read the whole review here:

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