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From Being to Existence

From Being to Existence

(p.101) Five From Being to Existence
The Idea of Hegel's "Science of Logic"
Stanley Rosen
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on section 1, “Determinateness (Quality),” of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Science of Logic. It first considers logic in the Hegelian sense as the science of science, given that the literal meaning of “science” is “knowing.” It then turns to a discussion of Martin Heidegger’s criticism of the universal concept of being and compares it to Hegel and Immanuel Kant’s theses. It also examines Hegel’s priority for quality over quantity and his argument that being and nothing are both qualities—that is, they are logical determinations. Furthermore, the chapter analyzes the expression “pure thinking” in relation to being, as well as being in the context of the science of logic, the emptiness of pure being as opposed to the emptiness of pure nothing, and the Hegelian explanation of becoming in terms of space and time.

Keywords:   logic, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Science of Logic, science, Martin Heidegger, being, Immanuel Kant, quality, nothing, pure thinking

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