Hegel's Science of Logic and Global Climate Change

Author: Borchers, Scott
This study renders Hegel's Science of Logic intelligible through clear, empirical illustrations, and brings Hegel's complex philosophical ideas to life in a visceral, level-headed manner. It does so by elucidating the conceptual structure of Hegel's Science of Logic with concrete examples from global climate change. One can read the Science of Logic as a treatise on relations. Since climate change is brought about through a system of relations, this work plugs in the appropriate examples to illustrate Hegel's philosophical concepts, and shows how the nuanced account of relations found in Hegel's Science of Logic can be seen at work, empirically, in various facets of climate change. In turn, Hegel's Science of Logic provides a framework for addressing features of climate change such as understanding how it works, assessing its risks and impacts, and providing ethical arguments for mitigating climate change.


“This book represents a remarkable achievement by a young scholar. It proves that philosophy is relevant to some of the most baffling problems we face and that philosophers have important contributions to make to our understanding of the world. Those, by themselves, would be accomplishments adequate for a lifetime; in Borchers’ case, they are first salvos that hold promise for much more.” - Dr. John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

“What makes this work most helpful to someone studying Hegel is that it shows how Hegel’s obscure theory is in fact astonishingly practical, and easy to apply to current concerns, once it is recast in less daunting language. ... This book is very helpful in providing access to one of the most difficult but most important treatises in the Western philosophical tradition. It shows that Hegel’s theories are not merely items in the history of philosophy but, when viewed from the appropriate angle, right up to date, useful for us in the present historical moment, and well worth taking seriously.” - Professor Tom Rockmore, Department of Philosophy, Duquesne University

“The work makes demands on the reader both intellectually and from the point of view of values and courses of action. Thus, it has both theoretical and practical implications. These two domains are challengingly and contentiously brought together in this book. It is a serious attempt to retrieve the hardest and murkiest part of Hegel’s philosophical project and to restore the health of our damaged ecological system.” - Dr. Robert E. Innis, Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Table of Contents

List of Figures
With What Must the Science Begin?
Book I: The Doctrine of Being
Book II: The Doctrine of Essence
Book III: The Doctrine of the Notion