David Kolb

The Paths of Essence

This talk has two parts, the first historical and the second philosophical. I will be suggesting that the philosophical explains the historical. Many readings of Hegel’s project claim that wants to show the unique necessary development of a scientific chain of pure thought. There are differences among the versions of His logic; this might be expected since the task is difficult. Or it might cause doubts about the task, some of which I mention. In this paper, I am interested in the way the differences are small in the logic of being and of the concept but extensive in the logic of essence. Why is that? What is there about the logic of essence that makes it more open to rearrangement?

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