Thu Feb 4, 2016
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
Sally Sedgwick (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Remarks on History, Contingency and Necessity in Hegel’s Logic
Hegel claims both that the development of concepts in the Science of Logic is necessary and that the result of the developmental process is necessary. In this paper, I consider the following questions: What do these necessity claims commit Hegel to, exactly? Does he allow any room for contingency in this necessity? If so, what kind of contingency? My answers to these questions challenge a certain understanding of the abstract and formal character of the Logic.