Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Basic Outline, Part 1: Logic (Cambridge Hegel Translations)
G. W. F. Hegel
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Hegel's Encyclopaedia Logic constitutes the foundation of the system of philosophy presented in his Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences. Together with his Science of Logic, it contains the most explicit formulation of his enduringly influential dialectical method and of the categorical system underlying his thought.
It offers a more compact presentation of his dialectical method than is found elsewhere, and also incorporates changes that he would have made to the second edition of the Science of Logic if he had lived to do so.
This volume presents it in a new translation with a helpful introduction and notes. It will be a valuable reference work for scholars and students of Hegel and German idealism, as well as for those who are interested in the post-Hegelian character of contemporary philosophy.
mediation as well. For mediation means to make a beginning and then to have proceeded to a second item, such that this second item is the way it is only insofar as one has arrived at it by starting with something that is an other over against it. This does not mean, however, that the knowledge [Wissen] of God is for all that any less independent vis-`a-vis that empirical side; to the contrary, it achieves its independence essentially by means of this negation and elevation. If mediation is made a
emerges and since this thinking is just as much my activity, that true nature is equally the product of my spirit insofar as the latter is a thinking subject. It is mine in accordance with my simple universality, i.e. as an I that is entirely with itself – it is the product of my freedom. One can often hear the expression ‘to think for oneself ’, as if something significant is thereby said. In fact, nobody can think for someone else, just as little as they can eat and drink for them. That
der Begriffe) in his Science of Logic: see SL 54 (Miller translates ‘system of Notions’). 16 Speculative from Lat. ‘speculum’: mirror. SL 49. Introduction xiii Hegel ensures the overall unity of the system by presenting its three parts as three forms of a single reality called ‘the idea’ (see Encyclopedia § 18). The idea is the ensemble of all the ideal structures that constitute reality. At the same time, it is the thinking that contemplates this ensemble and recognizes itself in it. The
identity, a negation as such. Thus all reality must be taken to be limitless, i.e. indeterminate, and God as the sum total of all realities or as the most real being [Wesen] becomes the simple abstractum, and for the determination [of God] there is left only the equally completely abstract determinateness, namely, being. Abstract identity (which is also called the concept here) and being are the two moments whose unification is what reason seeks. It is the ideal of reason. § 50 There are two
doctrine that is meant to liberate man from an infinite number of finite purposes and goals, and to make him indifferent to them such that it is indeed all the same to him whether such things are or not. But generally speaking, as soon as we are talking about some contents, a connection is thereby posited with other concretely existing things, purposes, etc. that are presupposed as valid, and it is then made dependent on such presuppositions, whether the being or not-being of a determinate