Essays on Hegel's Logic

Edited by George di Giovanni

Subjects: Hegel, Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791402924, 218 pages, July 1990
Hardcover : 9780791402917, 218 pages, July 1990

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Table of contents


A Note about References

Kant, Hegel, and the Possibility of a Speculative Logic
David A. Duquette

A Reply to David Duquette
Terry Pinkard

William Maker

The Method of Hegel's Science of Logic
Richard Dien Windfield

Abstract and Concrete in Hegel's Logic
Philip T. Grier

A Reply to Philip Grier
Errol E. Harris

The Shadow of Hegel's Science of Logic
Cynthia Willett

A Reply to Cynthia Willett
George Di Giovanni

Between Being and Essence: Reflection's Logical Disguises
Daniel O. Dahlstrom

Hegel's Criticism of Spinoza's Concept of the Absolute
Laura Byrne

Ways and Loci Modality. The Chapter "Actuality" in the Science of the Logic between its Absence in Jena and its Disappearance in Berlin
Gabriella Baptist

A Reply to Gabriella Baptist
Deborah G. Chaffin

Hegel's Science of Logic: Ironies of the Understanding
Joseph C. Flay

Where is the Place of Understanding?
John Burbidge

A Reply to John Burbidge
Stephen Houlgate

Hegel and the Problem of the Differentia
Edward Halper

A Reply to Edward Halper
Martin Donougho



This book, covering all aspects of Hegel's logic, raises fundamental issues as well as particular problems of interpretation. It discusses whether a speculative logic is possible at all and whether Hegelian logic requires a metalogic or whether it can and ought to make an absolute beginning. It examines, conceptually and historically, the being-nothing dialectic, the relation of essence to show (Schein), and Hegel's treatment of the modal categories. It proposes radically different views of the role of the 'understanding' in Hegelian logic and a radically different view of the necessity underlying it. The book concludes with the argument that Hegel's dialectical logic can cope with a problem that Aristotle's could not.

Essays on Hegel's Logic provides a welcome introduction to those interested in this central piece of Hegel's system, and it poses the question of whether, and how, the logic provides a closure to the system. In different ways, and with different degrees of explicitness, the book deals precisely with this issue.

George di Giovanni is Professor of Philosophy at McGill University. He co-translated Between Kant and Hegel: Texts in the Development of Post-Kantian Idealism, also published by SUNY Press.