chapter  8
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Hegel and Hegelianism: mind, nature and logic

This chapter presents some closing thoughts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book wants to counter the commonly accepted accounts of idealism those works on philosophy which present it as having little or nothing to say with regard to the natural sciences in particular or to problems in the philosophy of nature in general. It summarizes the function as a map for locating the central concepts and problems of idealism where these occur in contemporary philosophy. McDowell's Mind and World revives two classic dilemmas of idealist philosophy these are how to assert the insuperability of experience of reality without making reality experience-dependent in turn, and how to criticize scientistic naturalism without lapsing into straightforward anti-naturalism. Naturalism is Platonic to the extent that it withdraws the reality of thought and experience from the domain of nature. The historical scope of Brandom's philosophy is not unusually large, but an important element of that philosophy.