Lectures on Logic

Lectures on Logic

Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-35167-8
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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel gave many lectures in logic at Berlin University between 1818 and his untimely death in 1831. Edited posthumously by Hegel's son, Karl, these lectures were published in German in 2001 and now appear in English for the first time. Because they were delivered orally, Lectures on Logic is more approachable and colloquial than much of Hegel's formal philosophy. The lectures provide important insight into Hegel's science of logic, dialectical method, and symbolic logic. Clark Butler's smooth translation helps readers understand the rationality of Hegel's often dark and difficult thought. Readers at all levels will find a mature and particularly clear presentation of Hegel's systematic philosophical vision.

Author Bio

Clark Butler is Director of the Institute for Human Rights at Indiana University–Purdue University, Ft. Wayne. He is translator (with Christiane Seiler) of Hegel: The Letters (IUP, 1984) and author of Hegel's Logic: Between Dialectic and History.


Butler has translated for clarity and flow, and has produced a text that reads very easily and smoothly, without sacrifice of accuracy.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction
Introduction to the Lectures on Logic
Preliminary General Concept of Our Subject Matter
A. The First Position [of Thought] Toward Objectivity
B. The Second Position of Thought Toward Objectivity
B.I. Empiricism
B.II. The Critical Philosophy
[B.II.]a. The theoretical faculty
[B.II.b.] Practical reason
[B.II.c. The reflective power of judgment]
C. The Third Position [of Thought] Toward Objectivity
[More Exact Concept and] Division of the [Science of] Logic
[I. Being]
II. [Essence]
III. The Self-Concept
I. Being
I.A. Quality
I.A.a. Being
I.A.b. Determinate Being [Dasein]
I.A.c. Being for Itself
I.B. Quantity
I.C. Measure
II. Essence
II.A. Essence as the Ground of Existence
II.A.a. The Show of the Essence of Being
II.A.a. Identity
II.A.a. Difference
II.A.a. Ground
II.A.b. Existence
II.A.c. The Thing
II.B. Appearance
[II.B.a.] The World of Appearance
[II.B.b. Form and Content]
[II.B.c. Correlation]
[1.] The whole and its parts
[2. Force and its expression]
[3. The inner and the outer]
II.C. Actuality
[Moments of Actuality as an Efficacious Process: Contingency
and Mere Possibility versus the Real Possibility, Pre-Conditions,
and Necessity of a Matter at Hand]
[II.C.a. The Matter at Hand]
[II.C.b. The Moments of Necessity]
[1.] Conditions
[2.] The matter at hand
3. The activity [of a matter at hand actualizing itself]
[II.C.c. The Forms of Necessity]
[1. The correlation of substantiality]
[2. The correlation of causality]
[3. The correlation of reciprocal interaction]
III. The Self-Concept
Subdivisions [of the Logic of the Self-Concept]
III.A. The Subjective Self-Concept
III.A.1. The Self-Concept as Such
III.A.2. Judgment
[III.A.2. Qu