David Kolb

Tiger Stripes and Embodied Systems: Hegel on Markets and Models

Published: In Michael J. Thompson (ed.), Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Politics. New York, USA: Routledge. pp. 286-300 (2018)

This essay develops from Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature a different critique of the ideal of a global market society inhabited by purely rational economic actors. It extends this to critique the use of mathematical models in political philosophy. Along the way, it finds a parallel argument in Wittgenstein, and argues that for Hegel the fractious European Union foreshadows the future of the United States of America.

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