Hegel: "Science of Logic"

The fifth of ten (alternating) discussions on Hegel's (non-"lesser") "Science of Logic" (covering):
"Section Three:  Measure";
thereby concluding "Book One" ("The Doctrine of Being") of "Volume One:  The Objective Logic."

In my old version (@ 1969  George Allen & Unwin ,  London),
translated by A.V. Miller and foreword-ed by J.N. Findlay,
this fifth dose amounts to pp. [masked].

In di Giovanni, this fifth chunk amounts to pp. [masked] (or the marginal notations: #[masked])

Among the excerpting Marxists, http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hegel/works/hl/index.htm
the paragraphs range from 699 to 806:

In the hopes of encouraging, I still quote others more concise and credible:

Mr. G.R.G. Mure:
"...philosophy is no more the exclusive business of professionals than is art or religion."

J.N. Findlay:
"Hegel will appear as the greatest of European thinkers, engaged in a self-critical enterprise which even he only half understood, whose most obscure, botched utterances are often worth many of the lucidities of modern philosophers."

Etienne Gilson:
"Hegel was not a philosopher;  he was a world, a self-creating world..."

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  • Rick O.

    Speaking of quality (and it is all I will ever speak of again), can I make a small request? I am hopelessly behind and just finished the first Observation/Remark on "The Infinity of Quantum," where Hegel critiques calculus 'understanding' of the infinite. The last page or two is quite lovely. Can we visit this before you'se guys go on to the new stuff?

    2 · May 27

    • George

      Yes. Naturally. There's no rush here to speed through what has so far remained and so ought should for a few weeks more.

      May 27

  • George

    With the Blackhawks' do-or-die Game Five set to record (like all others), and no real labor (i.e. toil) tomorrow, I anticipate appearing at "Hegel, S/L, session #5" rested and undistracted and, therefore, better able to say something sounding sensical about "Measure."

    I still encourage others to peek in ways (of which I am guilty but) Hegel renders almost irresistible as an excellent recap-per (and preface-r) of his preceding words:
    (From "Book Two: The Doctrine of Essence"...
    it's opening line reads...)

    "The truth of being is essence."

    May 27

  • Rick O.

    More Hegel humor:

    "but if anything can be self-evident in mathematics, then this is self-evident, that a quantitative difference which has the determination, not only that it can, but that it shall, be smaller than any give difference, has ceased to be a quantitative difference..." (in that Newton missed this, as did Lagrange, although in a lesser degree - so much for self evident - the problem that calculus never got past quanta as infinitesimal quanta, rather than the quality of the quotient).

    Once again - it's quality - all about quality.

    1 · May 27

  • Rick O.

    Finished the section "Quantitative Infinite Progress" and Hegel's resolution and cleanup of Kant's second 'antinomy.' There is no real antinomy, Kant (as with the first antinomy) just gets stuck in the moments.

    Quantum (qualitative determinateness as quantity), in the repelling of itself from itself (defined through Limit) contains the infinite (Other of Quantum) within itself. Or: Quality --> Quantity --> Quality - the three steps Hegel starts with in the very beginning.

    Put another way:
    "To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour"

    So of course Blake was right (Poets always get there first!) - Hegel just has to spend a couple hundred pages explaining why. "Poetry is Philosophy in it's purest form."

    1 · May 25

    • Rick O.

      "What immortal hand or eye,
      Could frame [this] fearful symmetry?"

      (sorry - once I open certain doors I get carried away)

      2 · May 25

    • Anneliese

      So don't ever be sorry for that.

      2 · May 26

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