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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 1812)
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Nothing So Practical As a Good Theory

I read Hegels Phenomenology of Spirit almost a half-century ago. I can recall its poetic beauty but none of its content. I have never read The Science of Logic, a definite gap in my education but one I will have to live with, at least in part. My purpose in consulting The Science of Logic at this late date is only to understand Hegels conception of measurement. Since everything in Hegels work is intimately connected to everything else, I will undoubtedly make
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of his Three Studies on Hegel, Adorno chastises Croce for asking the question, What is still alive in Hegel's philosophy and what is dead? Adorno sees this question as arrogant, since it implies that the critic is in a position far above Hegel, a vantage point from which the great German Idealist can be summarily judged. The very idea of writing a review of a text like the Science of Logic -- complete with star ratings -- is the arrogance of Croce multiplied by a million. For ...more
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
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Which way does the sun rise in the morning? Most people will say in the east, dummy. They are of course wrong. The sun doesn't rise in the morning but we think of the earth as rotating around a relatively fixed sun (even though the sun is moving too, that's why I say 'relatively fixed sun').

I enjoyed this book immensely and know it can be hard going because the way the author writes. Instead of reading this book, one could watch the second season of Mr. Robot and walk away with some of the
This is the second book I've read by Hegel. He isn't really breaking new ground here. It really is just a greater elucidation of ideas he put forth in the Phenomenology; where he is fleshing it out and applying it in different ways. Again, you have him discoursing on the process of optimum consciousness. It seems that a lot of the ideas expressed here were formulated after the Phenomenology and the debate it (and Idealism in general) had sparked in Germany, had occurred. He refers regularly to ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Antonio Wolf
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is a book about the knowing of knowing, the logic of logic, and the thinking of thinking itself. Within you will not find any arguments in the traditional form of propositions leading to a conclusion, there are no justifications in this work. Instead you will find yourself in a journey of explanation, of finding just what can possibly be meant when we speak of Being, of Existince, of Essence, Concept, etc.

Because this is a work about the nature of thought as thought, all the concepts found
Jacob Hurley
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Perhaps the most thorough metaphysical study I've ever seen. Begins simply with the laws of identity and continues to derive everything, essence and Notions and ideas and syllogisms. Beautiful circular and trinitarian ideas, and really a lovely journey in itself.
mohab samir
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أعتقد أنها خلاصة لشرح محور ارتكاز الفلسفة الهيجلية ألا وهو تحقق العقل البشرى وهو العملية الجدلية الكبرى فى فلسفة هيجل والذى انبثقت منه الجدل التاريخى والمادية التاريخية فيما بعد .
فعملية تكون العقل الانسانى تمضى فى تطور مستمر للوعى بالذات الذى يتخبط على مر الزمن بين جدارين أحدهما خالى من الموضوعية والاخر يخلو من التحقق الفعلى اللامشروط وهما الانا المحض والانا المتعين .
فهذى العملية الجدلية التى لا تلبث ان تعترف بأحد أناتها لتنكر الاخر حتى تتبدل الاوضاع لديها فتجدها فى كل مرة تتكشف مدى قصور كل
Ave Timoleon
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What more can be said about the SCIENCE OF LOGIC (c. 1817) other than, like many immortal works, that it took on a life of its own, stoked by the fires of Hegel's idiosyncratic genius? This work truly evokes, like no other in philosophy, the image of "adventure," of "experiment." Both are in the very nature of the dialectic, both are so close to its heart, that dialectic, as Hegel journeys with it here, could never be reduced to that cold abstraction of the closed system, that thought-prison to ...more
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure the paperback of this was published last month, so you don't have to pay 180 dollars for it anymore:
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Feb 08, 2012 marked it as partial-credit
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We are waiting for the more affordable paperback edition of George Di Giovanni's 2010 translation.
Sep 14, 2015 marked it as to-keep-reference
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Recordemos aquí las insuperadas y concisas formulaciones de la Lógica de Hegel sobre cómo la esencia

"se presupone a sí misma y la asunción de esta presuposición es esencia en sí misma; a la inversa, esta asunción de su presuposición es la propia presuposición. Por ello la reflexión encuentra ante sí un inmediato al que trasciende y del que es su regreso. Pero este regreso es solo la presuposición de lo que la reflexión encuentra delante de sí. Lo que de ese modo se encuentra solo llega a ser
Andrew Fairweather
I feel much more comfortable calling this my *attempt* at Hegels Science of Logic rather than my reading of it. Hegel has always been one of those philosophers Id rather read *about* than actually readin any case, it has been very interesting seeing so many elements of modern thought come to the surface while trying to make sense of the Greater Logic. It truly is a foundational work. For that alone, this was a worthwhile experience, even if my head felt constipated half of the time.

From what Ive
Andrew Cutler
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read enough to give a review and a rating, but I will not sit back here and pretend I've read the thing cover to cover. Only a few people in the world have. I respect anyone who has the strength of will to undertake this task. Even trying is a feat in itself. One day, one day I'll sit back and read it all. For now, a quarter will suffice. A teacher of mine called this work "The mind of God before creation" - there's a carrot to chew on.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب هو ترجمة مصطفى صفوان لكتاب هيجل "Phenomenology of the SoulSpirit)وتوجد ترجمةعربيةأسهل صياغةوأكثر وضوح.ترجمة فتحي العونلي تحت عنوان (فنومينولوجيا الروح)إصدار المنظمة العربية للترجمة 2006. ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mein Gott in Himmel, I could sit you too few intrepid reviewers around a dinner table. Weltschmerz = vindicated. Cuz surely wherever the most unflagging exertion in the search for truth is will also be the clamor of crowds.

In striving to re-view the Logic, true to form, I would have to re-view not only my own Life and the contingencies which necessarily led me to finally tackle this tome, but literally everything else from the first known susurrations of historical self-consciousness, to Plato
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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.
Feb 10, 2008 rated it liked it
sometimes impenetrable, but there is sooo much there!
Ulysses Alvarez Laviada
By far the most challenging and rewarding book ever written on Logic.
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece.

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May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
pretty key
May 30, 2014 added it
plan to start reading again, a life long project to understand Hegel's science of logic ...more
Jason P
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Clearly one of the most important and influential works in philosophy. It however I an extremely dense read and not for the casual student of philosophy. It is however quite useful in seeing how Marx and several others started their work from the Hegelian perspective and that may provide readers greater insight for further study.
James Millikan SJ
In my Hegel seminar we dedicated about five times as many classes to the Phenomenology of Spirt as we did to the Sciences of Logic. That's about the right balance: The contributions to philosophy, sociology, and politics of Hegel's best known work far outshine those of this book. Skim a few sections if you want, but, in my opinion, your time is better spent elsewhere.
Jun 11, 2019 added it
Most of this book flew right over my head. I'll have to revisit some portions and the notes I took, and look into others' interpretations of Hegel's philosophy.
The idea that people can read this thing cover to cover and understand every sentence in it truly baffles me.
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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 ...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.” 5 likes
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