Sally Sedgwick (U Illinois, Chicago) Colloquium

March 30, 2018 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Hegel’s 1817 Encyclopedia as the Science of Freedom”

Abstract: In the Introduction to his 1817 Encyclopedia, Hegel describes philosophy as the “science of reason” (¶ 5).  Philosophy is “scientific” and as such “encyclopedic” (¶ 7); it consists of three divisions:  logic, nature and spirit.  Curiously, Hegel also tells us that philosophy as a whole can be understood as “the science of freedom” (¶ 5).  This latter claim is curious for a number of reasons.  The realm of inanimate nature, on Hegel’s description, is not a realm of freedom.  Furthermore, it is far from clear how his theoretical science of logic could be a science of freedom, at least if we associate freedom with human action.  The purpose of this paper is to consider what Hegel might have in mind in claiming that all of the parts of his encyclopedic system belong to the “science of freedom.” 

Location and Address

232 Cathedral of Learning