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The Palgrave Hegel Handbook

  • Marina F. Bykova
  • Kenneth R. Westphal

Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism book series (PHGI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lii
  2. Intellectual Background and Philosophical Project

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marina F. Bykova
      Pages 3-21
    3. Kenneth R. Westphal
      Pages 45-64
    4. Giuseppe Varnier
      Pages 65-81
  3. Phenomenology of Spirit

  4. Science of Logic and the System of Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. John W. Burbidge
      Pages 167-182
    3. Henry M. Southgate
      Pages 183-197
  5. Philosophy of Nature

  6. Philosophy of Spirit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267

About this book


This handbook presents the conceptions and principles central to every aspect of Hegel’s systematic philosophy. In twenty-eight thematically linked chapters by leading international experts, The Palgrave Hegel Handbook provides reliable, scholarly overviews of each subject, illuminates the main issues and debates, and details concisely the considered views of each contributor. Recent scholarship challenges traditional, largely anti-Kantian, readings of Hegel, focusing instead on Hegel’s appropriation of Kantian epistemology to reconcile idealism with the rejection of foundationalism, coherentism and skepticism. Focused like Kant on showing how fundamental unities underlie the profusion of apparently independent events, Hegel argued that reality is rationally structured, so that its systematic structure is manifest to our properly informed thought. Accordingly, this handbook re-assesses Hegel’s philosophical aims, methods and achievements, and re-evaluates many aspects of Hegel’s enduring philosophical contributions, ranging from metaphysics, epistemology, and dialectic, to moral and political philosophy and philosophy of history. Each chapter, and The Palgrave Hegel Handbook as a whole, provides an informed, authoritative understanding of each aspect of Hegel’s philosophy.


reality rationality concept thought metaphysics epistemology logic moral philosophy political philosophy philosophy of nature

Editors and affiliations

  • Marina F. Bykova
    • 1
  • Kenneth R. Westphal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religious StudiesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyBoğaziçi ÜniversitesiIstanbulTurkey

About the editors

Marina F. Bykova is Professor of Philosophy at North Carolina State University, USA. She is the author of Hegel’s Interpretation of Thinking (1990), The Mystery of Logic and the Secret of Subjectivity (1996), and co-author (with Andrei Krichevsky) of Absolute Idea and Absolute Spirit in Hegel's Philosophy (1993). She is also the editor of Russian translation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (2000) and most recently of Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit: Cambridge Critical Guide (2019) and The German Idealism Reader: Ideas, Responses and Legacy (forthcoming in 2020).

Kenneth R. Westphal is Professor of Philosophy at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. He has published widely on Kant’s and Hegel’s theoretical and practical philosophies, both systematically and historically. His books include Kant’s Transcendental Proof of Realism (2004) Grounds of Pragmatic Realism: Hegel’s Internal Critique & Transformation of Kant’s Critical Philosophy (2017), and Hegel's Civic Republicanism: Integrating Natural Law with Kant's Moral Constructivism (forthcoming 2020).

Bibliographic information


“The Palgrave Hegel Handbook clearly offers more than the other collections when it comes to topics in Hegel’s epistemology and philosophy of mind. … I shall simply state that there is a great deal in this volume that will be of interest to Hegel scholars and students, and that the Palgrave Hegel Handbook provides a valuable addition to the resources available to anyone engaging seriously with almost any facet of Hegel’s work.” (Robb Dunphy, Phenomenological Reviews,, September 22, 2020)