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Metaphysics and Negation


I was reading I think Zizek, there I admitted it, a he said something like Hegel was the greatest metaphysician.  It has been a while since I read Hegel, and while I remember something about the master slave dialectic and applying it to feminist theory, Hegel did seem a bit random and dogmatic to me. Where DID he get these crazy ideas from? They are definitely not of the necessary (and contingent) type.

The notion of truth through negation though is probably generator of post modern, or post post modern, or the relentless search for newness – process devoid of content. And this is funny, since the post-kantians who view Hegel as grounding Kant’s transcendental idealism in the particularities  of human existence (history, social relations), or in the grounding of Kant in a new, more solid, metaphysics.  So Hegel is the content to Kant’s form.  But when you have a process metaphysics involving negation then is there room for content at all?

What is an alternative to this? What comes after post modern contemporary post post ? What is a metaphysics that is not grounded in process? Heidegger is the metaphysician who returns to ontology. We cannot talk about the world, we must talk about existence.  Then perhaps we have some philosophers of science who introduce a contextual metaphysics, or phenomenologists who introduce a perception or subjective metaphysics, or even the psychologists who interpret the ‘world’ in terms of drives and  complexes.

What is a view of ‘the world’ that is useful for us, that will remove us from endless negation and fracturing?

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