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Most of the major schools of contemporary philosophy, from Marxism to Existentialism, are reactions to Hegelianism and all, if they are to be understood, require some understanding of Hegel's Science of Logic.
Paperback, 844 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Prometheus Books (first published 1816)
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The Science of Logic has been completed. Now, the next thing I intend on doing is going back and rereading particular sections I've marked (in order to gain better familiarity with concepts that were, at first, rather hazy). And then after that (that in itself could take months), I'm starting it over from the beginning. Suffice it to say in the meantime that this is undoubtedly my favorite book.

"This is the common view of so-called sound common sense which takes its stand on the evidence of the...more
Justin Evans
This is comparatively clear, and I mean 'compared to the Science of Logic,' which is the most opaque, worst written book of all time. And the actual 'logic' parts of it are really still pretty opaque. But the prefaces and introduction and 'position of thought' stuff are fantastic background for understanding what Hegel was trying to do in general, and it should be mandatory to read it before starting on the Phenomenology or philosophy of history and so on. Unfortunately, vita brevis, and most pe...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
We are waiting for the more affordable paperback edition of George Di Giovanni's 2010 translation.
According to Hegel himself, this book is the complete exposition of God's at once immanent and transcendent unfolding, in timeless eternity, from mysticism into science (and probably vice versa) by way of dialectical development, specifically I-M-I^ (Idea-Material-(higher)Idea, or Quality-Quantity-(higher)Quality). We begin with being, though, as Hegel says, we could've begun with nothing, since they are the same. As we progress very slowly, we realize that everything is the same, such that the...more
It's too bad that this radical effort to construct a dynamic, object-based, and anti-authoritarian semantics was wrapped, first, in awful fall-apart-in-a-day paperback glue, second, in Hegel's mystical fetish (holy-shit-repetitive!) for Three-s, third, in Hegel's positivist optimism about predetermined Spirit, and fourth, in almost impenetrably opaque personal jargon. There are utterly priceless kernels of insight in Hegel's system, like those of other great philosopher's, e.g., Kant's, that can...more
Erik Graff
Oct 20, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of Hegel
Recommended to Erik by: Henri Matuse
Shelves: philosophy
I've taken two courses specifically focused on the work of Hegel. The first was taught by a visiting French-Swiss professor at Union Theological Seminary, Henri Matuse. The primary focus of that class was on The Phenomenology of Geist while a secondary focus was on the Kojeve's analysis of its description of the Master-Slave dialectic, presenting, as it does, access to Marx's appropriation of Hegel.

The seminary course was excellent primarily because of the composition of the class which, while s...more
"When, as now, the notion is called the truth of Being and Essence, we must expect to be asked, why we do not begin with the notion? The answer is that, where knowledge by thought is our aim, we cannot begin with the truth, because the truth, when it forms the beginning, must rest on mere assertion. The truth when it is thought must as such verify itself to thought. If the notion were put at the head of Logic, and defined, quite correctly in point of content, as the unity of Being and Essence, t...more
Andrew Cutler
Hegel- you could just study him and have a crazy grasp of the history of philosophy and also a 'thought system' that can compete with the best of them. However you cannot 'just read' Hegel without already having a grasp of the history of philosophy and the various systems he critiques along the way. The LOGIC is really about the actualization of the potential of MIND though nature and human consciousness in its 'blueprint' form of working through what is technically called the relationship of mo...more
This is pretty good. It works rather slowly towards dealing with its own concepts, having to deal with its environment's first, namely Kant's, but a lot of its own ideas come out in its treatment of Kant's first critique. And that part of it's a really nice thing to do as an alternative to simply rereading Kant. It doesn't really have any of the *force* of the Phenomenology, but it replaces that force with a nice serenity which is very thought-provoking and good for helping to schematize one's c...more
May 30, 2014 June added it
plan to start reading again, a life long project — to understand Hegel's science of logic
This is Logic from the Encycolpedia. It's far more ethereal than you would expect from the title. I see the elemental building blocks of a logical system, but they are very abstract. The root of the philosophy is based on "being" and "nought" meeting at "becoming," which is analagous to the "flow" of all things. In contemplation of infinity, it is important not to stop at the wrong infinity of endless progression. Based on these and other concepts, being becomes being for self and then is someho...more
Would have been easier starting had I not let as much time elapse after Phenomenology of Spirit but the introduction moreso than either of the 2 prefaces in this edition got me up to speed. Wow, the chapters on measure into the chapter on The Doctrine of Essence is a drastic shift. I had to read the first page or two of the latter section about 5 times before I'd adjusted from the previous. He goes from talking about atomic weight to the way in which all modes of measure are reducible to one ano...more
Christine Cordula Dantas
Um livro muito frustrante e impenetrável, exceto, possivelmente, para leitores muito bem preparados, que já passaram por uma introdução adequada aos pensamentos de Hegel. Essa edição apresenta apenas excertos, e embora tenham sido provavelmente bem selecionados, talvez não sejam uma boa idéia para esse tipo de obra que, pela importância e complexidade, merece uma edição completa, com uma apresentação aprofundada.
Read this book as poetry. Open to any line, read it a few times, swish it around in your brain, then spit it out--if you can! Kick this book, throw it against the wall, pick it up and cry over it. A life changer, a mind buster. The great Hegel at his best, his deepest, his most profound. Go for it--if you dare!
I read the translations from Wallace (English) and Ho Lun(Chinese). A must read on studying Hegel. His Triad system is very ambitious covering from daily measurement to spirit (God - Hegelian type), giving the theoretical ground to Marx and all communism and socialism after him.
I read this as an independent study at Villanova. This was a good introduction to Hegel's philosophy and his evaluation of the fundamental concepts of philsophy through the dialectical prism.
Hegel is difficult to understand, but I once I got into this book I found it illuminating. There is no doubt that he was one of the greatest philosophers of all time.
This is a good introduction to Hegel's philosophy and his evaluation of the fundamental concepts of philsophy through the dialectical prism. Excellent Read
I went and told everyone that this was "relatively easy, for Hegel." Then they started reading it. Uh-oh
A masterpiece.

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Michael Fogleman
Read sections 79-89 for seminar. Would love to go back to the beginning.
Ulysses Alvarez Laviada
By far the most challenging and rewarding book ever written on Logic.
sometimes impenetrable, but there is sooo much there!
Relatively easy, for Hegel. Uh-oh ...
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German philosopher and one of the founding figures of German Idealism. Influenced by Kant's transcendental idealism and Rousseau's politics, Hegel formulated an elaborate system of historical development of ethics, government, and religion through the dialectical unfolding of the Absolute. Hegel was one of the most well-known historicist philosopher, and his thought presaged continental philosophy...more
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“The thinking or figurate conception which has before it only a specific, determinate being must be referred back to the [...] beginning of the science made by Parmenides who purified and elevated his own figurate conception, and so, too, that of posterity, to pure thought, to being as such and thereby created the element of the science. What is the first in the science had of necessity to show itself historically as the first. And we must regard the Eleatic One or being as the first step in the knowledge of thought.” 0 likes
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