Workshop: Hegel on Actuality and Overcoming Spinoza (Berlin, 8 June 2019)

We are glad to give notice of the workshop Hegel on Actuality and Overcoming Spinozawhich will take place on June 8th 2019 at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. The workshop is organized by Brady Bowman and James Kreines.

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Below you can find the program of the event.


From the website of the event:

The “Actuality” section of Hegel’s Science of Logic defends his original conception of modality, and provides the final argument for the transition to his own idealist metaphysics in the final book of the Logic. Hegel takes all this to require what he calls “the one and only true refutation of Spinozism” (SL 512/GW 12.15), in the central chapter of “Actuality” (SL 477–88), which is flanked on either side by critical expositions of the concept of the absolute (ch. 1, SL 466–76) and of the categories of substance, causation, and reciprocal action (ch. 3, SL 489–505).

This compact, 40-page section of the Science of Logic is important in at least three respects. Historically, the “refutation of Spinozism” had been a guiding aim of German philosophers since Leibniz and Wolff, and the German Idealist movement pursued it with renewed vigor, placing it at the very heart of their project. This section of the Logic may thus be said to be the measure of Hegel’s contribution to achieving that core ambition. In the context of Hegel’s own system, these three chapters furthermore serve to elucidate key concepts: the absolute; actuality and absolute necessity; substance and substantiality. Finally, with a view to systematic problems from modern and contemporary philosophy, the section represents Hegel’s only detailed and sustained exposition of conception of modality.


13:00-14:00: Spinoza and some background texts

14:15-15:15: Erstes Kapitel: Das Absolute

Coffee break

15:45-16:45: Zweites Kapitel: Die Wirklichkeit

17:00-18:00: Drittes Kapitel: Das absolute Verhältnis


For further information, please visit the website of the workshop.

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