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The Nature of Essence

The Nature of Essence

(p.255) Eleven The Nature of Essence
The Idea of Hegel's "Science of Logic"
Stanley Rosen
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the nature of essence and the linguistic activity known as predication to designate the properties of something. It first considers the notion that rational discourse depends upon the arrangement of properties into patterns that make up internally structured unities before turning to an analysis of discursive intelligence as opposed to intuitive intelligence. It then examines Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s account of essence and reflection, John Locke’s argument on the consequences of the failure of intellectual intuition, and the traditional rationalist philosophy that treats essence as both separate from and defined via its attributes. Finally, the chapter looks at the Hegelian claim that the laws of reflection are derived from the continuous inner development of becoming, rather than expressed in terms of the activity of the ego.

Keywords:   essence, predication, properties, discursive intelligence, intuitive intelligence, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, reflection, John Locke, becoming, ego

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