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


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Webster, Mark
"Hegel's Theory of Positivity: An Application to Two Quaker Sects"
Call Number:
03 Linear feet
Cite as:
"Hegel's Theory of Positivity: An Application to Two Quaker Sects"(MC.975.07.096), Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
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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 USGBC Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group. He received a BA degree from Haverford College and BS and MS degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Contents

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.

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Publication Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections,  October 2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kara Flynn

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).



Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Manuscripts
Personal Name(s)
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831
  • Quakers
  • Quakers--History
  • Sociology--Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1984.