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date: 18 June 2019

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This chapter examines the idea and structure of Hegel’s Encyclopedia in light of the claim that his conception of the internal development and necessary divisions of this work are ultimately identical with his conception of philosophy as ‘science’ and ‘system’. A discussion of the place of the Encyclopedia within the development of Hegel’s philosophy introduces the issue concerning the relationship between the idea of philosophy as science, its systematic structure, and the encyclopedic form as this connection emerges in the Introduction to the 1817 and 1827–1830 work. The main division in the three spheres of the Logic, the Philosophy of Nature, and the Philosophy of Spirit is then examined in this framework.

Keywords: Hegel, Encyclopedia, philosophy, science, system, logic, spirit, nature

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