Hegel's Theory of Intelligibility picks up on recent revisionist readings of Hegel to offer a productive new interpretation of his toriously difficult work, the Science of Logic. Rocio Zambrana transforms the revisionist tradition by distilling the theory of rmativity that Hegel elaborates in the Science of Logic within the context of his signature treatment of negativity, unveiling how both features of his system of thought operate on his theory of intelligibility. Zambrana clarifies crucial features of Hegel's theory of rmativity previously thought to be absent from the argument of the Science of Logic-what she calls rmative precariousness and rmative ambivalence. She shows that Hegel's theory of determinacy views intelligibility as both precarious, the result of practices and institutions that gain and lose authority throughout history, and ambivalent, accommodating opposite meanings and valences even when enjoying rmative authority. In this way, Zambrana shows that the Science of Logic provides the philosophical justification for the necessary historicity of intelligibility. Intervening in several recent developments in the study of Kant, Hegel, and German Idealism more broadly, this book provides a productive new understanding of the value of Hegel's systematic ambitions.
Rocio Zambrana is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon.