Hegel’s Science of Logic | Dominican University College

Hegel’s Science of Logic

In the Introduction to the Science of Logic (1812 - 1816) G.W.F. Hegel remarks that logic is “the exposition of God as he is in his eternal essence before the creation of nature and finite mind.” Logic is the system of pure reason, the realm of pure thought. Few texts in the history of philosophy have made as strong and as radical claim for the predominance and ubiquity of thought itself as the Science of Logic. Logic as a complete system is the conceptual articulation and development of the totality of the philosophical tradition as fully mediated in the Absolute Idea. There are three fundamental aspects to this logical exposition and mediation - The Doctrine of Being, the Doctrine of Essence and the Doctrine of the Concept. Likewise, it is impossible for post-Hegelian modernity to avoid a confrontation and interplay with dialectico-speculative logic. It is therefore necessary that the so-called larger logic be situated within the historical and contemporary context of our philosophical tradition. The objective of this course is to examine the overall architecture and basic categories or thought-determinations of this system of logic. The course will primarily focus on a close reading of Hegel’s Science of Logic as well as relevant corresponding texts in the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, especially the so-called smaller or Encyclopedia Logic.

Credits: 
3
Language: 
English
Faculty: 
Philosophy
Professor: 
Semester: 
Winter
Time: 
Tuesday 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Room Number: 
202
Academic Year: 
2017-18
Level: 
Graduate
Course Code: 
DPHY 5327-6327
Program: 
Doctorate in Philosophy
Master of Arts in Philosophy