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Differences That Are None. Hegel's Theory Of Force In The Phenomenology Of Spirit

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The chapter on ?Force and the Understanding? occupies an outstanding place in Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel?s Phenomenology of Spirit. This chapter gives a brief outline of the chapter ?Perception?, which immediately precedes the chapter ?Force and the Understanding?, in order to first make clear which problem the notion of force is supposed to solve, and second, because the chapter on ?Force? and ?Understanding? results in a circular movement that refers back to the preceding stage of the Phenomenology. It offers a closer examination of Hegel?s theory of force and argues that Hegel is here dealing with a Spinozistic position according to which the sensible world can be explained as the necessary manifestation of a supersensible force. Finally, the chapter address the question of whether the ?infinite force of the Concept? with which Hegel?s Science of Logic ends could be of any help to the criticised position.

Keywords: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; infinite force; perception; phenomenology of spirit; sensible world; Spinozistic position; theory of force



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