This chapter summarizes Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s argument on being and nothing which he explains in detail in his Science of Logic. It examines the logic of Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell with regards to the distinction between “being” and “existence,” the absence of all content of a concept as opposed to the absence of the concept itself, and Hegel’s analysis of becoming. In particular, it considers the Hegelian account of the two moments of becoming, emergence and departure, and their reciprocal transformation into each other as well as the logical transition to the sublation of becoming in Dasein (that is, determinate being). The chapter concludes with a discussion of Das Fürsichsein or being for itself.
Keywords: logic, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, being, nothing, Science of Logic, existence, becoming, emergence, departure, Dasein