Hegel's Systematic Contingency by J. Burbidge

By J. Burbidge

John Burbidge exhibits that, faraway from incorporating every little thing into an all-consuming necessity, Hegel's philosophy calls for the newness of unforeseen contingencies to take care of its systematic pretensions. to understand with no worry of failure is to anticipate that have will confound our convinced claims to wisdom. And the common personality of all lifestyles includes appearing, studying what occurs hence, and incorporating either purpose and consequence right into a new complete figuring out. Burbidge explores how Hegel utilized this strategy whilst he became from his common sense to chemistry, biology, psychology and background, and indicates how a Hegelian may functionality in the replaced situations of up to date technology.

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Und indem umgekehrt dadurch zugleich ihr Moment des Ansichseins sich aufhebt, wird sie zur Wirklichkeit. also zu dem Momente, das sie gleichfalls selbst schon ist. – Was verschwindet, ist damit dies, daß die Wirklichkeit bestimmt war als die Möglichkeit oder das Ansichsein eines Andern, und umgekehrt die Möglichkeit als eine Wirklichkeit, die nicht diejenige ist, deren Möglichkeit sie ist. 36 Hegel’s Systematic Contingency In the self-sublating real possibility there is now a doubling that is being sublated, for it is itself a doubling, being both actuality and possibility.

The manifold existence is immediately or positively the possibility – a possible, something in general identical with itself, only because it is something actual. 2. To the extent that this possibility of existence is posited, it is determined to be only possible, to be the immediate conversion of actuality into its opposite, – in other words, to be contingency. In this way this possibility, which has immediate actuality within itself to the extent that it is a condition, is only being-in-itself as the possibility of something else.

This makes up its contingency. But any such determination must in the first instance be actual. So we are now thinking of an actual that is inherently necessary. Since it cannot be otherwise, it is an absolute actuality. Whereas earlier ‘possibility’ was the term we used for the inner being of the actual, now we have to put ‘necessity’ in its place. To understand this move it is useful to recall our earlier conclusions. In section A, the contingent, as both grounded and groundless, could not be distinguished from the formally necessary.

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