George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel has seldom been considered a major figure in the history of logic. His two texts on logic, both called The Science of Logic, both written in Hegel's characteristically dense and obscure language, are often considered more as works of metaphysics than logic. But in this highly readable book, John Burbidge sets out to reclaim Hegel's Science of Logic as logic and to get right at the heart of Hegel's thought. Burbidge examines the way Hegel moves from (...) concept to concept through every chapter of his work, and traces the origins of Hegel's effort to "think through the way thought thinks" to Plato, Kant, and Fichte. Having established the framework of Hegel's logical thought, Burbidge demonstrates how Hegel organized the rest of his system, including the Philosophy of Nature, Philosophy of Spirit and his Lectures on World History, Art, Religion and Philosophy. A final section discusses English-language interpretations of Hegel's logic from the nineteenth through twentieth centuries. Burbidge's The Logic of Hegel's 'Logic' is written with an eye to the reader of general interests, avoiding as much as possible the use of Hegel's technical vocabulary. It is an excellent introduction to an otherwise very difficult text, and has recently appeared in an Iranian translation. (shrink)
The 13 essays, most previously published, discuss his logical theory, his applications in general, and his applications to Christianity. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
In 1976 The Hegel Society of America chose as a theme for its biennial meeting “Hegel’s Social and Political Thought.” At a meeting held during the United States’ bicentennial year in the subterm that included Watergate and a few days after the election of President Carter, the abstractions of philosophy could not help but be associated with concrete reflection. What is the relation between political theory and political action?
A significant disagreement has punctuated my conversations with Henry Harris for over thirty years. Harris maintains that Hegel does not need an actual historical Jesus to achieve his philosophical ends; all he requires is a Paul who believed there to be a historical Jesus. I, on the other hand, hold that a historical Jesus is critical, and without it, Hegel’s system falls apart.
In order to answer the debate whether Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature is just an extension of his logic (Halper and Winfield) or combines thought with its other (Maker), this paper considers what Hegel writes about chemism (in the logic) and about chemical process (in the philosophy of nature). The logical argument can be constructed without reference to experience, from paradoxes that emerge within an original concept. In the philosophy of nature, however, an initial concept is analyzed, but its instantiation reflects (...) nature’s “impotence”: unrelated processes, fours and twos rather than threes, and so on. The singular conclusion combines universal conceptual framework and particular natural processes into a new, non-logical concept. (shrink)
John Burbidge shows that, far from incorporating everything into an all-consuming necessity, Hegel's philosophy requires the novelty of unexpected contingencies to maintain its systematic pretensions. To know without fear of failure is to expect that experience will confound our confident claims to knowledge. And the universal character of all life involves acting, discovering what happens as a result, and incorporating both intention and result into a new comprehensive understanding. Burbidge explores how Hegel applied this approach when he turned from his (...) logic to chemistry, biology, psychology and history, and suggests how a Hegelian might function within the changed circumstances of contemporary science. (shrink)
Pippin has assembled a number of independent pieces into a volume to complement his Modernism as a Philosophical Problem. His primary thesis is that Hegel and German Idealism generally offer an approach to modernism which both avoids the subjectivism and mentalism of Descartes and is strong enough to resist the attacks of Habermas, Strauss, Blumenberg, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
In his introduction to this collection of essays, Warren Steinkraus acknowledges the diversity of approaches used by the contributors. It reflects “the richness and suggestive power” of Hegel’s philosophy. Such a range has the strength of providing a window into the complex world of Hegelian scholarship. Unfortunately, it also has the weakness of including work which is cavalier in its treatment of themes, or which shows a limited awareness of more recent scholarship.
Hegel defines his Logic as the science that thinks about thinking.nbsp; But when we interpret that work as outlining what happens when we reason we are vulnerable to Fregersquo;s charge of psychologism.nbsp; I use Hegelrsquo;s tripartite distinction among understanding, dialectical and speculative reason as operations of pure thought to suggest how thinking can work with objective concepts.nbsp; In the last analysis, however, our ability to move from the subjective contingency of representations and ideas to the pure concepts we think develops (...) from mechanical memory, which separates sign from sense so hat we can focus simply on the latter.nbsp; By becoming aware of the connections that underlie our thinking processes we may be able to both move beyond the abstractions of symbolic logic and clarify what informal logicians call relevance. (shrink)
The author's claim is that Hegel was the first to develop a fully comprehensive theology of Spirit. Prior to Luther there was no clear appreciation of the way spirit fulfills and completes Christian life. While Luther's formulations remain at the level of exhortation and practical instruction, pietism recognized that immediate experience was a grounding authority not only for personal conviction but also for the life of the community.
Topp undertakes a difficult task. In preparation for a study of the logic inherent in Hegel's Philosophy of Right, he explores in a wide-ranging discussion the systematic character of Hegel's philosophy as a whole. Thus no single question structures the book. Its argument is developed under three themes.
"In this study," Zammito writes at one point, "the philological-historical question takes precedence over the epistemological one". Zammito's primary task is not to discuss the contemporary relevance of Kant's thought, but to identify what Kant himself was trying to do within his own context. Yet the result is not just a commentary on Kant's third Critique. It is an intricate, subtle, and exciting explanation of how Kant's thinking developed and adjusted to new challenges over the decade from the first edition (...) of the Critique of Pure Reason to the appearance of the Critique of Judgment. (shrink)