The Beginning and the Result

  • Nathan Rotenstreich


The criticism of the category of substance in terms of its position in the system runs in two interconnected directions. The first leads to a further category which will be free from the preference given to the relatum of substance as opposed to that of accident. It leads to interdependence. The second direction is not categorial in the limited sense of that term; it links the system with the concept of subject. Let us deal with these two directions of Hegel’s argument.


Universal Substance Dialectical Logic Invalid Syllogism Permanent Element Interconnected Direction 
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