The Transcendental Arguments: Part 1—Hegel



This offers the first transcendental argument against immediacy. In this chapter the notion of immediacy being argued against is the empiricist notion of a bare sensory particular. Before offering these arguments I discuss methodology, outlining a broadly Hegelian approach to epistemology which can criticise foundationalism from within without itself relying on any foundational standard. I follow Taylor in giving a transcendental interpretation of Hegel’s arguments against sense-certainty which at the same time preserves the dialectical nature of his arguments. Against Taylor I argue that transcendental arguments cannot be entirely free of presuppositions and that we should not view this as a problem. I end the chapter by arguing that awareness of bare sensory particulars depends on their being mediated first of all through universals or concepts.


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