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Reading Seminar (17-18/10/2018) and Workshop (19-20/10/2018) on Hegel’s Logic at Boğaziçi

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Themes from Hegel’s Science of Logic – Workshop (October 19-20) and a Pre-workshop Reading Seminar (October 17-18)

Istanbul, Boğaziçi University

There will be a one and a half day workshop centered on Hegel’s Science of Logic in Boğaziçi University Philosophy Department on October 19-20. The workshop is open for everyone interested.

Right before the workshop, professor Cinzia Ferrini (University of Trieste) and post-doctoral researcher Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové) will lead a two-day reading seminar concentrating on selected themes arising from Science of Logic. The participants of the reading group are expected to have read the material that will be covered in the reading seminar (see the list of readings below). The maximum number of participants in the reading seminar is 15 and we give priority to Boğaziçi University students and faculty in case the quota is full. Please register for the reading seminar and in order to get a link to access the readings, by sending an email to ville.paukkonen@helsinki.fi

Details of both events can be found below the fold.

Workshop Program

Friday, October 19th,

Boğaziçi University, South campus, John Freely Building, Lecture room JF 507


Opening words: Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki)


Johannes Fritsche (BoğaziçiUniversity) “Section I of The Doctrine of Essence in Hegel’s Science of Logic as a reconstruction of Aristotle`s Metaphysics VII-IX”




Cinzia Ferrini (University of Trieste): Hegel’s 1827-32 revision of determining in the sphere of Being and its systematic impact on his philosophy of nature and spirit


Türker Armaner (Galatasaray University): Difference


Conference Dinner, Kennedy Lodge


Saturday, October 20th,

Boğaziçi University, South campus, John Freely Building, Lecture room JF 507



Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki): Idealism in the Science of Logic


Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové): From Inference to Modality in Hegel’s Science of Logic


Kenneth Westphal (Boğaziçi University): Hegel, ‘Of the Concept in General’ and Kant’s Critique of Concepts of Reflection’.


Lunch break


Jakub Mácha (Masayk University): Everything is a Schluß: On the ubiquity of paradigms in our epistemic practices




Alberto Siani (University of Pisa): Hegel on contingency, love, and narrativity


Pre-workshop reading seminar program and readings


Wednesday, October 17th, Boğaziçi University, South campus, John Freely Building, Lecture room JF 507

14:30—18:30 Cinzia Ferrini (University of Trieste)

“The relation between phenomenology and logic: concept of science and pure being”;

Hegel’s texts:

Phenomenology (1807), Preface, §§1-13 and §§798-805

Enc. §2

Enc. §25

Enc. §75

Enc. § 78

Enc. §§ 80-83

Science of Logic:

Preface to the first edition (1812, GW 21:5-10; CUP trans. pp. 7-11)

Introduction  (GW21:27-34; CUP trans. pp. 23-29)

The Doctrine of Being: “with what must the beginning of science be made?” (GW21:53-56; CUP transl. 45-48):

Commentaries for discussion:

Ardis Collins, Hegel’s Phenomenology. The Dialectical Justification of Philosophy’s First Principles, (2013) Ch. 7: §§1-3 (pp. 135-144), Ch.  18  §§3-7 (pp. 430-439)

Stephen Houlgate, The Opening of Hegel’s Logic (2006): Ch. 2, “Presuppositionless Thinking”, pp. 29-35 and Ch. 7, “Phenomenology and Logic”, pp. 144-162


Thursday, October 18th, Boğaziçi University, South campus, John Freely Building,  Lecture room JF 507

14:30-18:30 Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové)

Hegel’s texts:

Science of Logic:

The science of subjective logic or the doctrine of the concept:

Section ii: objectivity

Chapter 1. Mechanism

Chapter 2. Chemism

Chapter 3. Teleology,

(GW 12:127-173; CUP trans. pp. 625-670)


Commentaries for discussion:

Preston Stovall (2015): Inference by Analogy and the Progress of Knowledge: From Reflection to Determination in Judgements of Natural Purpose, British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

Preston Stovall:  Abductive Inference, Autonomy, and the Faith of Abraham in Interpreting Abraham, edited by Bradley Beach (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014): 101-130.





Written by Lucas Thorpe

October 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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