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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 53, Issue 1, March 2013

Gregory S. Moss
Pages 73-85
DOI: 10.5840/ipq20135317

Hegel’s Free Mechanism
The Resurrection of the Concept

In this paper I systematically reconstruct Hegel’s concept of “free mechanism” as developed in the Science of Logic. The term “free mechanism” appears absurd since each of the terms constituting it appears mutually exclusive. I argue that we may grasp it only on (1) the assumption of self-reference and (2) via a triad of syllogisms, which altogether constitute a process of alternating middle terms. On the whole, I employ Hegel’s account of “free mechanism” to illuminate the activity of objectivity, whereby the self-determining concept resurrects itself from its dormancy in an indifferent totality.