Science of Logic

Translation used: Cambridge

The Science of Logic is Hegel’s exposition and explanation of the concept of Science (true knowledge) itself. Functioning as the foundation of all other sciences, it is peculiar in its task to generate itself out of itself with no external foundation. Setting itself apart from all formal logic which takes the character of thought as a given reflection, such as the law of non-contradiction, Hegel’s logic begins and remains as the mere thinking of thought. Logic is the thinking about thinking. The work is unparalleled in its antifoundationalism and technically requires nothing outside it to comprehend it although Hegel makes ample commentary on the past in order to show how different the account of thought itself is from the accounts prior to his.

Here are a couple of expositions of the conceptual moves in the Science of Logic. I tend to try to keep to the pure logical structure and moves and do not note any of the historical points Hegel makes on some of his in-text comments.

Because the Logic deals in pure thought abstractions it is the case that, given the content, any form which tries to make this more familiar by relying on “picture thinking” will muddle the intended point and meaning of a concept’s logic. Thus, I am afraid I must side with Hegel and offer my own serving of the torture house of language on top of his. So, if pure ideas seem spooky to you…


Pure Being, Nothing, and Becoming

Existence, Something and Other, Limit


The Project of The Science of Logic

"There is no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits."-Karl Marx

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