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Hegel and the Becoming of Essence

Cardozo Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 107

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

David Gray Carlson

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Date Written: March 20, 2005

Abstract

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

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

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