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The influence of Kant’s understanding of morality is too strong to be ignored. Hegel, however, fundamentally criticized Kant for offering merely a ‘formal’ model of normativity that cannot sufficiently comprehend human action as free. Instead, Hegel argues in his doctrine of ethical life ( Sittlichkeit) that the embeddedness of the acting subject must be taken into account when identifying normativity. Yet the issue of normativity in Kant and Hegel remains contested even today, not least due to the misunderstandings of their conceptions of the topic. The present volume explores developments within recent scholarship which enable a better understanding of the concept of normativity in the thought of Kant and Hegel.
There has been an intensive debate in recent years, particularly in political philosophy, on how the concept of recognition ( Anerkennung) can bring insight into understanding social and political relationships and answering ethical questions. Proponents of this philosophy seek to apply German Idealism, especially Hegel, to the arguments of recognition in order to solve contemporary problems. However, does the present debate incorporate sufficiently the requirements of the idealist philosophy which it pretends to inherit and update? As a new paradigm for philosophy claiming to actualize German idealist philosophy, it provokes questions about the foundation of the principle of recognition itself as well as about which philosophical method provides the best means for addressing recognition. In Recognition -- German Idealism as an Ongoing Challenge, renowned authors address this fascinating and far-reaching questions in discussion with Kant, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel.

Contributors include: Robert Brandom, Paul Cobben, Simon Critchley, Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer, Kenneth Westphal, Klaus Vieweg, Erzsébet Rósza, Christian Krijnen, Heikki Ikäheimo, Donald Loose, Kurt Walter Zeidler, Jean-Christophe Merle, Sasa Josifovic, Arthur Kok, Emiliano Acosta
Social Ontology Today: Kantian and Hegelian Reconsiderations
The Very Idea of Organization presents a philosophical account of the phenomenon of organization. It takes as its starting point a debate in organization studies about the foundations of organizational research. This debate, however, is running into difficulties regarding the basic concept of the reality that organization studies deal with, that is regarding the ontology of organization. A convincing organizational ontology is not in sight.

Therefore, Krijnen introduces a new meta-perspective, offering a more comprehensive and more fundamental social ontology in general as well as an organizational ontology in particular. Exploring the Kantian and Hegelian tradition of philosophy, he convincingly shows that a rejuvenated type of German idealism contains intriguing possibilities for developing a present-day social and organizational philosophy.

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This chapter argues that Kelsen’s discussion and conception of the foundations of law misunderstands essential aspects of the foundations of normativity. Kelsen seems to miss the point of Kant’s transcendental turn in conceiving philosophical foundations, so important for the development of the philosophy after Kant, not least for the neo-Kantians. The main schools of neo-Kantianism have their central, common feature in stressing and rejuvenating exactly Kant’s transcendental turn. This emphasis on the transcendental turn is prevalent in much of the Southwest neo-Kantian remarks on natural law. Kelsen, however, repeatedly presents Kant as a metaphysical thinker. This distinguishes Kelsen from the leading schools of neo-Kantianism, who consider Kant a post-metaphysical philosopher. The influence of neo-Kantianism, especially that of the Southwest School, on Kelsen should be seen, therefore, in an instrumental rather programmatic sense. Accordingly, the chapter will apply essentials of Kantian and neo-Kantian philosophy to Kelsen’s analysis of law. From this, it will be argued that the hypothesis of law which underlies Kelsen’s legal positivism is an inadequate expression of the idea of law.

In: Hans Kelsen and the Natural Law Tradition
In: Concepts of Normativity: Kant or Hegel?
In: Concepts of Normativity: Kant or Hegel?
In: The Sublime and its Teleology
In: Recognition - German Idealism as an Ongoing Challenge
In: Recognition - German Idealism as an Ongoing Challenge
In: Recognition - German Idealism as an Ongoing Challenge