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"Hegel's Theory of Positivity: An Application to Two Quaker Sects"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Mark Webster is a structural engineer in Boston. He has written and lectured on topics such as the practical measures structural engineers can take to improve the environmental performance of their designs and the life-cycle environmental impact of building structural systems. He was a founding member and Secretary of the Structural Engineering Institute's Sustainability Committee and is former Chair of the United States Green Building Council Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group. He received a bachelor's of the arts from Haverford College and bachelor's of science and master's of science from the University of California, Berkeley.

This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript of an academic paper by Mark Webster for the Haverford College department of sociology. The paper applies Hegel's theory of positivist Christian religions to two sects of Quakers, which Webster calls the Evangelical Friends and the Liberal Friends, and which Webster sees as the two least positivist Quaker groups. In the paper, Webster describes Hegel's theory of positivity, examines the history of Quakers through this theory, applies the theory to the two Quaker sects, and examines how different degrees of positivity in the two groups affected their reactions to the Vietnam War.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1984.
Box 10

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