“Hegel and scepticism” remains an intriguing topic directly concerning the logical and methodological core of Hegel’s system and its formation. Hegel’s thought evolved through his vivid involvement in the vigorous debates over scepticism that took place in Germany around 1800. His strategy did not consist of any fatal immediate confrontation with scepticism. On the contrary, he aimed to immunize philosophy against the threat of scepticism by integrating the latter into the former as its negative and free moment. Hegel’s interpretation of Sextus’ five tropes remains invaluable for his attempt to form a philosophical system that sublates both dogmatism and scepticism.
A series of contributions is unfolding around a keynote paper by Klaus Vieweg – a prominent Hegel scholar who has devoted much of his academic work to the historical and systematic relationship between Hegel and scepticism – which tries to understand and restate the limits and the content of this relationship. Various Hegel readers with different theoretical concerns are dealing with Hegel’s strategy in a large range of areas from logic and epistemology to political philosophy, aesthetics and the history of science.