The Hegelian stance on intrinsic purposiveness
Andrea Gambarotto

October 21, 2022, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Centre for Religious Studies, Central European University



Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences

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I characterize Hegel’s stance on biological purposiveness as consisting in a twofold move, which conceives organisms as intrinsically purposive natural systems and focuses on their behavioral and cognitive abilities. I submit that a Hegelian stance is at play in enactivism, the branch of the contemporary theory of biological autonomy devoted to the study of cognition and the mind. What is at stake in the Hegelian stance is the elaboration of a naturalized, although non-reductive, understanding of natural purposiveness.

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October 21, 2022, 9:00am CET

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