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Winter 1997


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In this article I want to focus on the central role that scientific reason plays, for Hegel, in leading us toward idealism, yet its complete failure to adequately establish idealism, and, oddly enough, the way in which this failure turns into a most interesting success by anchoring idealism and thus preserving us from solipsism. To bring all of this into relief, I must attend to Hegel’s differences with Kant.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kain, P. J. "Hegel, Reason, and Idealism," Idealistic Studies, 27 (1997): 97-112, which has been published in final form at

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