Hegel e la filosofia del tempo contemporanea
In: Verifiche Anno XXXIX, N. 1-4, 2010 XXXIX , No. 1-4 ( 2010 )
Sezione Saggi / Articles
In this essay I compare Hegel’s theory of time and becoming with the contemporary debate, aiming on the one hand (A) at presenting Hegel’s thought in contemporary terms, and on the other, (B) at offering new inputs to the present metaphysical debate from a Hegelian point of view. From a close reading of selected Hegelian texts I argue (1) that Hegel advocates a form of presentism and shares McTaggart’s thesis that the B-series (chronological time) presupposes the A-series (dynamical time); (2) that his position is peculiar because, although he admits that change is inconsistent, he puts in jeopardy the law of non contradiction (at least in its universality), instead of denying the reality of time and change, like McTaggart did. These considerations will then lead to Hegel’s speculative logic. According to the so called coherentistic reading of Hegel’s thought, he never seriously questioned the principle of non contradiction: he would be just a very sophisticated Aristotelian, after all. I oppose this view, arguing (3) that Hegel was a proponent of an articulated form of dialetheism.