The Idea Of Hegel's Science Of Logic

Hardcover | November 15, 2013

byStanley Rosen

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Although Hegel considered Science of Logic essential to his philosophy, it has received scant commentary compared with the other three books he published in his lifetime. Here philosopher Stanley Rosen rescues the Science of Logic from obscurity, arguing that its neglect is responsible for contemporary philosophy’s fracture into many different and opposed schools of thought. Through deep and careful analysis, Rosen sheds new light on the precise problems that animate Hegel’s overlooked book and their tremendous significance to philosophical conceptions of logic and reason.

Rosen’s overarching question is how, if at all, rationalism can overcome the split between monism and dualism. Monism—which claims a singular essence for all things—ultimately leads to nihilism, while dualism, which claims multiple, irreducible essences, leads to what Rosen calls “the endless chatter of the history of philosophy.” The Science of Logic, he argues, is the fundamental text to offer a new conception of rationalism that might overcome this philosophical split. Leading readers through Hegel’s book from beginning to end, Rosen’s argument culminates in a masterful chapter on the Idea in Hegel. By fully appreciating theScience of Logic and situating it properly within Hegel’s oeuvre, Rosen in turn provides new tools for wrangling with the conceptual puzzles that have brought so many other philosophers to disaster.

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Although Hegel considered Science of Logic essential to his philosophy, it has received scant commentary compared with the other three books he published in his lifetime. Here philosopher Stanley Rosen rescues the Science of Logic from obscurity, arguing that its neglect is responsible for contemporary philosophy’s fracture into many d...

Stanley Rosen (1929–2014) was the Borden Parker Bowne Professor and University Professor Emeritus at Boston University. He is the author of many books, including Nihilism: A Philosophical Essay, The Limits of Analysis, and Plato’s Republic: A Study, among others.  

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022606588X

ISBN - 13:9780226065885

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
Introduction

ONE / The Historical Context
TWO / The Prefaces
THREE / The Introduction
FOUR / The Beginning of Logical Science
FIVE / From Being to Existence
SIX / Transitional Remarks
SEVEN / Quantity
EIGHT / Quantitative Relation
NINE / Transition to Book Two
TEN / The Fichtean Background
ELEVEN / The Nature of Essence
TWELVE / Contradiction
THIRTEEN / Absolute Ground
FOURTEEN / Foundationalism and Antifoundationalism
FIFTEEN / Appearance
SIXTEEN / Actuality
SEVENTEEN / Introduction to Book Three
EIGHTEEN / Subjectivity
NINETEEN / Judgment
TWENTY / Objectivity
TWENTY-ONE / The Idea
 
Notes
Index

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“In this latest book, Stanley Rosen offers lucid commentary on the work that is at once the most abstruse and the most central to Hegel’s thought: the Science of Logic, in which Hegel wanted to build a coherent whole out of whatever was true in previous thought. Rosen, who has taught and written on almost every philosopher, can assess the value of Hegel’s claims with perfect competence. Beyond historical pursuits, however, he brings out the relevance of Hegel’s logics for our present-day problems by showing that most contemporary solutions correspond to moments that Hegel has shown to be merely provisional and which degenerate when isolated. Hegel’s full articulation of rationality is a powerful antidote to the rampant nihilism of our time.”