Hegel's Systematic Contingency

Hardcover | June 15, 2007

byJohn W Burbidge

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John Burbidge shows that, far from incorporating everything into an all-consuming necessity, Hegel's philosophy requires the novelty of unexpected contingencies to maintain its systematic pretensions. To know without fear of failure is to expect that experience will confound our confident claims to knowledge. And the universal character of all life involves acting, discovering what happens as a result, and incorporating both intention and result into a new comprehensive understanding. Burbidge explores how Hegel applied this approach when he turned from his logic to chemistry, biology, psychology and history, and suggests how a Hegelian might function within the changed circumstances of contemporary science.

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John Burbidge shows that, far from incorporating everything into an all-consuming necessity, Hegel's philosophy requires the novelty of unexpected contingencies to maintain its systematic pretensions. To know without fear of failure is to expect that experience will confound our confident claims to knowledge. And the universal characte...

JOHN W. BURBIDGE is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Author of several books on Hegel's Science of Logic and Philosophy of Nature, he has been President of the Hegel Society of America and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.56 inPublished:June 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230527523

ISBN - 13:9780230527522

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Table of Contents

Preface * Philosophy and History * The Necessity of Contingency * Secondness * The "Infinite Agony" of Despair * Absolute Knowing * Language and Thought * Absolute Idea * Chemism and Chemistry * Life and Biology * Cognition and Psychology * Teleology and History * Absolute Spirit * "Building the World as it Ought to be" * Philosophy after Hegel * Conclusion