What is New Hegelianism, What Does It Mean?July 1, 2021
New Hegelianism is the name given to Hegelian understandings devoid of dialectical essence, which were put forward to defend religious and fictional philosophy (See: Hegel’s Dialectical Method). The New Hegelianism, leaving aside all the solid and positive aspects of Hegel’s dialectic, stated in the way of taking up and expanding all the idealistic aspects.
Life is full of incomprehensible oppositions, these oppositions are natural, by nature of life, and can never be overcome or resolved. So, people should let themselves go with the flow of life without making any effort on this path.
He articulates irrationally diverse interpretations of idealist Hegelianism devoid of dialectics. The New Hegelianism emerged in the way of considering and enlarging all the idealistic aspects, leaving aside all the solid and positive aspects of Hegel’s dialectic. According to the New Hegelians, life is full of insoluble oppositions (antagonism).
Incompatible oppositions are natural, by the nature of life, and can never be overcome or resolved by humans. So, people should let themselves go with the flow of life without making any effort to overcome incomprehensible antagonisms. Some Neo-Hegelians also argue that it is possible to numb the opposition rather than overcome it. While there are those who completely reject dialectics, there are also those who reduce it only to the conscious field.
In France it was fused with existentialism, in Mussolini’s Italy it was subordinated to fascism. This is all idealistic neohegelianism in Scotland and England by J. H. Stirling, John and Edward Caird, T. H. Green, F. H. Bradley. B. Bosanquet, R. B. Haldane, J. E. Mc Taggart; In America, they follow W. T. Harris and Josiah Royce.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım