FUNDING GRATEFULLY RECEIVED FROM THE HEGEL SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN

INTERNATIONAL HEGEL WORK-IN-PROGRESS WORKSHOP SERIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

20 June 2017 at St John's College, Oxford

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Workshop programme

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11:00-11:15 Registration, tea/coffee 11:15-11:30 Introduction 11:30-12:30 Gene Flenady (Monash University/ University of Warwick) Intellectual Intuition in Hegel's Science of Logic 12:30-12.45 Tea/coffee 12:45-13:45 Dr Christoph Schuringa (New College of the Humanities) Life in the Logic 13:45-14:45 Lunch 14:45-15:45 Susanne Herrmann-Sinai (Universitat Leipzig/ University of Oxford) Liberation and Self-Determination: Forms of Universality in Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit 15:45-16:45 Dr David C. Merrill (recently University of Hertfordshire) Hegel's Logic and the Philosophy of Capital 16:45-17.00 Tea/ coffee 17:00-18.00 Dr Gareth Polmeer (Royal College of Art) Intuition, Images and Appearance in the Logic

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Gene Flenady "Intellectual Intuition in Hegel's Science of Logic"

Hegel's deployment of the Kantian and post-Kantian doctrines of "Intellectual Intuition" is usually understood to belong only to Hegel's early Schellingean writings. This paper seeks to show that Kant's discussion of intellectual intuition in ss. 76-77 of the third Critique, if read through the account of "thoroughgoing determination" in the first Critique, is a key source for the account of determinacy presented in the first two chapters of Hegel's Science of Logic.

Doctoral candidate at Monash University and The University of Warwick. Gene’s doctoral research concerns the relation between logical and objective determination in Kant and Hegel. His other research interests include the reception of Hegelian philosophy in French post-structuralism, and contemporary soft naturalist accounts of normativity.

Dr Christoph Schuringa "Life in the Logic"

The paper gives a preliminary exposition of the place of Life in the Logic, and goes on to relate this to some puzzles over how its placement is to be understood in relation to the discussion of vegetable, animal, and spirited life in the Realphilosophie.

Lecturer in Philosophy at New College of the Humanities, London, recently a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, and co-editor, with Alison Stone, of the Hegel Society of Great Britain’s Hegel Bulletin.

Susanne Herrmann-Sinai "Liberation and Self-Determination: Forms of Universality in Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit"

In this paper, I argue that Hegel’s use of the term ‘second nature’ can only be understood within his philosophy of spirit if the conception of ‘freedom’ implied there is read as ‘self-determination’ rather than mere ‘liberation’. Within a conception of freedom as liberation, ‘second nature’ makes no sense. For spirit would liberate itself from nature, while at the same time being constrained by a recurring nature, thereby undermining its freedom. Self-determination on the other hand, presupposes that spirit can understand itself as the source of the product in which it finds itself. This thought is being investigated with two examples: the transition from habituated voice patterns or sounds to language and the transition from arbitrary will (Willkür subjective spirit) – which agents develop within a community by being used to its customs – to the free will in objective spirit, manifesting right.

Doctoral candidate at Universität Leipzig and Associate Faculty Member, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, co-editor with Lucia Ziglioli of Hegel's Philosophical Psychology - Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Philosophy (2016).

Dr David C. Merrill "Hegel's Logic and the Philosophy of Capital"

What Hegel has to say about the constitution of true thinking in his Science of Logic constitute norms philosophy not about logic will nonetheless want and have to satisfy. The paper will reveal for the philosophy of capital how the stages of the argument of the Science of Logic are recreated even though this philosophy is not about logic per se. The paper is based on the philosophy of capital Richard Winfield presents in his Rethinking Capital (2016). Winfield’s text as well as being a landmark in Marx scholarship is a philosophical reconstruction of Marx’s mature economic writings in a manner animated by Hegel’s philosophy of logic and so lends itself to the paper’s project.

Recently visiting lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, long time tutor for visiting student programmes in Oxford, treasurer of the Hegel Society of Great Britain.

Dr Gareth Polmeer "Intuition, Images and Appearance in the Logic"

This paper considers two aspects of Hegel's philosophy and system in connection to the work of Stanley Rosen. Rosen's critiques of Hegel and broader writing frame important questions for speculative logic. The first area is the critique of intellectual intuition and the second, the question of appearance, original and copy. The paper interconnects these areas in the ontological debates on the identity of being and thinking, time and eternity, and the dynamics of appearance and essence in the Science of Logic, referring closely to the connections made by both Hegel and other commentators on the relation between philosophy and art.

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