This chapter examines the distinction among four kinds of judgment according to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: those of existence, reflection, necessity, and the concept. Hegel devotes one major subsection to each of these judgments in the Science of Logic, with the chapter on judgment deviating significantly from the norm. This chapter begins by revisiting the central point about contradiction, particularly Hegel’s distinction between identity and predication in the formalist or nondialectical senses of those terms. It then moves to a discussion of the Hegelian perspective on the relation between subject and predicate as a judgment that links individuality and universality and concludes by considering Hegel’s argument that “conclusion” and “syllogism” are equivalent.
Keywords: judgment, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, existence, reflection, necessity, concept, Science of Logic, individuality, universality, syllogism