Hegel and the Becoming of Essence
David Gray Carlson
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
March 20, 2005
Cardozo Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 107
Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3 (2007)
Every Hegelian knows that Essence comes to be when Quality, Quantity, and Measure cease to be. But the exact transition is complex, involving steps Hegel mysteriously names inverse ratio of the factors and the infinite for itself. Furthermore, Hegel invokes a theory of planetary orbit - the combination of centripedal and centrifugal force - that Hegel knows to be bad astronomy. This bad theory is supposed to represent the passage from the world of Being to the world of Essence. This paper describes those steps, why bad astronomy is relevant to them, and generally chronicles the becoming of Essence.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Hegel, essence, metaphysics
Date posted: March 21, 2005 ; Last revised: October 1, 2009
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