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The Owl of Minerva

Volume 40, Issue 1, Fall/Winter 2008/2009

John Burbidge
Pages 115-131

Contingent Categories
A Response to Prof. Lau

By comparing the argument in the first edition of Hegel’s Science of Logic with that of the second we find that he not only introduces significant changes but indicates why he found the changes necessary. As over time he rethought his method in the course of his annual lectures he realised that pure thought should not anticipate results but follow from the inherent sense of each term. The details of his logical method suggest how the novelties that emerge in history can require the introduction of new modified categories.

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