Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3 (2007)
13 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2005 Last revised: 1 Oct 2009
Date Written: March 20, 2005
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.
Keywords: Hegel, essence, metaphysics
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Carlson, David Gray, Hegel and the Becoming of Essence (March 20, 2005). Cardozo Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 107. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=688620 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.688620