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The Opening of Hegel's Logic : From Being to Infinity - Stephen Houlgate

The Opening of Hegel's Logic

From Being to Infinity

By: Stephen Houlgate (Editor)

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Hegel is one of the most important modern philosophers, whose thought influenced the development of existentialism, Marxism, pragmatism, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. Yet Hegel's central text, the monumental Science of Logic, still remains for most philosophers (both figuratively and literally) a firmly closed book. The purpose of The Opening of Hegel's Logic is to dispel the myths that surround the Logic and to show that Hegel's unjustly neglected text is a work of extraordinary subtlety and insight. Part One argues that the Logic provides a rigorous derivation of the fundamental categories of thought and contrasts Hegel's approach to the categories with that of Kant. It goes on to examine the historical and linguistic presuppositions of Hegel's self-critical, ""presuppositionless"" logic and, in the process, considers several signifi­ cant criticisms of such logic advanced by Schelling, Feuerbach, Gadamer, and Kierkegaard. Separate chapters are devoted to the relation between logic and ontology in Hegel's Logic and to the relation between the Logic itself and the Phenomenology. Part Two contains the text-in German and English-of the first two chapters of Hegel's Logic, which cover such categories as being, becoming, something, limit, finitude, and infinity. Part Three then provides a clear and accessible commentary on these two chapters that both examines Hegel's arguments in detail and relates his insights to those of other philosophers, such as Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche, and Levinas. The Opening of Hegel's Logic aims to help students and scholars read Hegel's often formidably difficult text for themselves and discover the wealth of philosophical riches that it contains. It also argues that Hegel's project of a presuppositionless science of logic is one that deserves serious consideration today.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Note on Hegel's Science of Logicp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
The Project of the Science of Logic
The Categories of Thoughtp. 9
What Is Hegel's Logic About?p. 9
Hegel's Relation to Kantp. 12
Kant's Account of the Categoriesp. 16
Fichte's Contributionp. 23
Radical Self-Criticismp. 24
Presuppositionless Thinkingp. 29
Beginning with Pure Beingp. 29
Does Hegel Have a Method?p. 32
Hegel's Rejection of External Criticismp. 35
Dialectic and Immanent Developmentp. 42
The Presuppositions of Presuppositionless Thinkingp. 54
The Orthodox View of Hegelp. 54
Passivity and Activity in Presuppositionless Thoughtp. 60
The Historical Conditions of Hegelian Logicp. 67
The Role of Religionp. 69
Language, Reflection, and the Beginning of the Logicp. 72
The Linguistic Challenge to Hegelp. 72
Hegel's Views on Languagep. 75
The Beginning of the Logic: Henrich's Insightp. 79
Language and Abstractionp. 83
Kierkegaard's Critique of Hegelp. 88
The Speculative Propositionp. 93
Philosophy and Ordinary Languagep. 98
Immanent and Quasi-Transcendental Thoughtp. 103
Quasi-Transcendental Approaches to Beingp. 103
Why the Immanent Approach to Being Is to Be Preferredp. 109
Logic and Ontologyp. 115
Hegel's Logic as Ontologyp. 115
The Identity of Thought and Beingp. 117
Similarities and Differences Between Kant and Hegelp. 123
Hegel's "Transcendental Deduction"p. 129
Hegel, Kant, and the "Thing in Itself"p. 131
Pippin's Hegelp. 137
Phenomenology and Logicp. 144
The Role of the Phenomenologyp. 144
Phenomenological Methodp. 148
From Sense-Certainty to Absolute Knowingp. 150
Religion and Speculative Philosophyp. 153
Letting Gop. 157
For Whom Is the Phenomenology Written?p. 159
From the Phenomenology to the Logicp. 161
Preparing to Read Hegel's Logicp. 163
Text
Note on the Textp. 169
Beginning Logic: Textp. 170
With What Must Science Begin?p. 170
Being: Textp. 190
General Division of Beingp. 190
Determinateness (Quality)p. 192
Beingp. 192
Beingp. 192
Nothingp. 194
Becomingp. 194
The Unity of Being and Nothingp. 194
Remarksp. 194
Moments of Becoming: Coming-to-Be and Ceasing-to-Bep. 196
Sublation of Becomingp. 198
Remark: The Expression "To Sublate"p. 198
Determinate Being: Textp. 202
Determinate Beingp. 202
Determinate Being as Suchp. 202
Determinate Being in Generalp. 202
Qualityp. 204
Somethingp. 206
Something and Other, Finitude: Textp. 210
Finitudep. 210
Something and an Otherp. 210
Determination, Constitution and Limitp. 218
Finitudep. 230
The Immediacy of Finitudep. 230
Limitation and the Ought [or the Should]p. 232
Transition of the Finite into the Infinitep. 236
Infinity: Textp. 238
Infinityp. 238
The Infinite in Generalp. 238
Alternating Determination of the Finite and the Infinitep. 240
Affirmative Infinityp. 246
Transitionp. 258
Commentary and Discussion
Being, Nothing, and Becomingp. 263
From Being to Becomingp. 263
Misunderstandingsp. 266
Hegel and Nothingp. 268
An Immediate, Indeterminate, but Ineliminable Differencep. 269
The Transition from Being to Nothingp. 271
Why Do Being and Nothing "Move"?p. 272
The Dialectic of Being and Nothing Reexaminedp. 274
Hegel's Immanent Critique of the Idea of Purityp. 280
From Becoming to Determinate Beingp. 284
Becomingp. 284
The Emergence of Determinate Beingp. 288
Schelling's Interpretation of Hegelp. 292
Determinate Beingp. 297
The Simple Oneness of Being and Nothingp. 297
Determinate Being Further Clarifiedp. 299
Aufhebungp. 301
Quality, Negation, and Realityp. 303
Real Negation and Negative Realityp. 309
Something and Otherp. 312
From Determinate Being to Somethingp. 312
The Negation of Negationp. 317
Winfield's Account of Somethingp. 319
The Derivation of Othernessp. 321
Something and Otherp. 324
Change: Hegel contra Kant and Aristotlep. 327
Change and Self-Relationp. 328
Being-in-Itself and Being-for-Otherp. 331
Why Something Comes to Be Determinate Through Changep. 331
The Difference Between Being-in-Itself and Being-for-Otherp. 333
The Relation Between Being-in-Itself and Being-for-Otherp. 335
The Identity of Being-in-Itself and Being-for-Otherp. 337
Hegel's Logical Critique of Kant's Concept of the "Thing in Itself"p. 338
Hegel and Nietzsche on "Things in Themselves"p. 345
Hegel's Method: A Reminderp. 346
Determination, Constitution, and Limitp. 348
Determination and Determinacyp. 348
Determination and Constitutionp. 349
The Identity of Determination and Constitutionp. 352
Limitp. 356
Different Degrees of Determinacyp. 359
The Ambiguous Nature of the Limitp. 362
From Being Limited to Being Finitep. 367
Finitude: Limitation and the Oughtp. 370
Being Limited and Being Finitep. 370
Finitude and Self-Negationp. 375
The Contradictory Character of Finitudep. 377
Finitude and the Understandingp. 379
Limitation and the Oughtp. 383
The Limitation of the Ought Itselfp. 387
Through Finitude to Infinityp. 394
Finitude ad Infinitump. 394
Through Finitude to Infinite, Self-Relating Beingp. 397
Hegel and Descartesp. 399
A Contradiction in the Infinitep. 401
The Bad Infinitep. 404
The Progress to Infinityp. 409
True Infinityp. 414
Opening Remarksp. 414
The "Unity" of the Finite and the Infinitep. 415
The Progress to Infinity Further Consideredp. 420
True Infinityp. 423
Infinity and Idealityp. 428
Hegel and Levinasp. 432
Conclusionp. 436
Hegel's Logic as Ontologyp. 436
Hegel's Logic as Critical Philosophyp. 438
Bibliographyp. 443
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9781557532572
ISBN-10: 1557532575
Series: History of Philosophy Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.73