Padua Workshop on Hegel’s Science of Logic: “The Logic of Hegel’s Science of Logic III: The absolute Idea”

As part of the activities of the PhD School in Philosophy, Padua University is holding a public workshop on 4th and 5th November 2013 entitled “The Logic of Hegel’s Science of Logic III: The absolute Idea”. The workshop is the closing work of one of the school’s research seminars, “Themes and Problems of Hegel’s Philosophy” which has concentrated upon the last part of Hegel’s Science of Logic: the Doctrine of the Concept.

Eight young researchers selected on the basis of a CFP will present their talks on the theme of “the absolute idea”. One of the aims of the workshop is to foster dialogue between presenters and the Classical German Philosophy research group at the school.

The keynote speaker for the workshop is Paul Redding (University of Sydney) who will deliver a talk entitled What Hegel’s treatment of formal logic tells us about the project of his science of logic”. The talk calls into question the popular claim according to which Hegel’s logic identifies a metaphysics, or, more specifically, an ontology. Redding does so by examining Hegel’s treatment of the tradition of formal logic in Science of Logic, book 3, section 1, “Subjectivity”. Redding’s analysis aims to show that Hegel’s brief reconstruction of the history of logic from Aristotle’s syllogistic to Leibniz’s algebraic logic is meant to bring into question the conceptual foundations of traditional metaphysics/ontology, and to enframe the subsequent discussions of “objectivity” and “the idea”.

Paul Redding is Professor of Philosophy and ARC DORA Research Fellow at the University of Sydney as well as member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His areas of expertise include Kantian philosophy, German idealism, hermeneutics, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of religion.

His systematic work mainly focuses on the relationship between the tradition of classical German philosophy and the most recent movements of analytic philosophy and pragmatism. He has published numerous articles and books, among them Continental Idealism: Leibniz to Nietzsche (2009), Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought (2007), and Hegel’s Hermeneutics (1996). Lately, Professor Redding has been working on a project entitled “Analysis in the continental idealist tradition: the development of Leibniz’s analytic method by Kant and Hegel and its implications for contemporary philosophy”.

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by Michela Bordignon and Giovanna Miolli


Below the final program of the workshop:



The Logic of Hegel’s Science of Logic III

Absolute Idea

4 and 5 November 2013

Aula Diano, Liviano, Piazza Capitaniato 7


09.30 Welcome address

09.45 Luca Illetterati (Università di Padova) – Opening address

10:00 Paul Redding (University of Sydney)

            What Hegel’s Treatment of formal Logic tells us about the Project of his Science of Logic

11:00 Discussion

12:00 Lunch break

15:00 Susanne Hermann-Sinai (University of Oxford)

           The fourth Syllogism in Hegel’s Science of Logic

           Malte Bischof (University of Tübingen)

           Revising Kant’s Absolute: A Contemporary Approach to Hegel’s Science  of Logic

16:00 Discussion

16.30 Coffee break

17:00 Vincenzo Lomuscio (Università degli Studi di Bari)

            Idea assoluta come “punto di vista” del “punto di vista”. Da Hegel a Leibniz e ritorno

           Damiàn Rosanovich (Università di Buenos Aires)

            Idea assoluta, libertà e legge in Hegel

18:00 Discussion


 09:00 Sean Bray (Villanova University)

             Retrogression as Retroaction in Hegel’s Science of Logic

            Leonardo Manfrini (Università degli Studi di Milano)

             L’idea assoluta come metodologia della vita

10:00 Discussion

10.30 Coffee break

11:00 Marco Simionato (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia)

           Hegel’s Science of Logic and the contemporary analytic Metaphysics.

          Being and Nothing as absolutely empty World

          John Van Houdt (Tilburg University)

           Ideas, Joint-Carving, and Naturalism

12:00 Discussion

12.30 Concluding address



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