David Gray Carlson's A Commentary to Hegel's Science of Logic PDF

By David Gray Carlson

ISBN-10: 1403986282

ISBN-13: 9781403986283

This ebook constitutes an enormous development within the learn of Hegelian philosophy by way of delivering the 1st complete statement at the enormous The technological know-how of good judgment, Hegel's imperative paintings which informs any other venture Hegel ever undertook. the writer has devised a procedure for diagramming each logical transition that Hegel makes, a lot of that have by no means ahead of been explored in English. This finds a startling organizational subtlety in Hegel's paintings which heretofore has long past left out. during charting Hegel's logical growth, the writer offers a full of life defence and thorough explication of unheard of scale and scope. The booklet covers the full diversity of matters attached with The technological know-how of good judgment similar to Being, Essence, degree, Subjectivity and God, exhibiting how Hegel used common sense to make transitions from one type to the subsequent. The ebook additionally mediates Hegel's disagreement with Kant, whose Critique of natural cause is Hegel's significant pageant in metaphysical systemization. Any scholar encountering The technology of common sense, maybe the main tricky and via some distance the main lucrative of Hegel's philosophical works, will locate in Carlson's booklet a useful better half to their learn.

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T]he justification for beginning with this given determination rather than another will require either an infinite regress or vicious circularity . . Only a beginning which is absolutely free, because devoid of any presupposed given determination, can 57 Being-Nothing-Becoming 27 because what is here presupposed is (much later) proven. By "proven" he means that the very last step of the Logic (Absolute Idea, which is the same as Absolute Knowledge)**0 mediates the first step. His philosophy will take us in a circle.

All that can be offered in answer is an account of how indeterminacy gives rise to something else. What is clear from the start is that what follows from indeterminacy must do so immediately, which is to say, without reason, and without being determined by anything. Id. at 50. But if this is so, one cannot account for how Speculative Reason finds the tools to differentiate stasis from movement. I think Hegel is presenting a straw man here. The passage rejects the non-sublationary collapse and sets the stage for admitting that the Understanding elects to begin the Logic by abstracting Pure Being from Absolute Knowing.

For this reason, Gadamer attacks the very question, How 86 Feuerbach also saw that Pure Being was only retroactively constructed from the determinacy of Becoming. "But given that the starting point is indeterminate, then moving on must mean determining. Only during the course of the movement of presentation does that from which I start come to determine and manifest itself. Hence, progression is at the same time retrogression . . , 1972). 87 GADAMER, supra note 4, at 87. In Miller's translation, the sentence Gadamer refers to is: "In the pure reflection of the beginning as it is made in this logic with being as such, the transition is still concealed; because being is posited only as immediate, therefore nothing emerges in it only immediately.

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