BOOK TWO Chapter 18
The Logic 1812 to 1816
"Hegel finished his Logic which erected the towers of the eternal categories in the element of purest abstraction."
“As science, truth is the pure self-consciousness developing itself and it has the form of self[hood]; this in and for itself is the known concept; whilst the concept as such is in-and-for-itself.” (448)
Hegel recognises as merits in Kant the identification of the categories as forms of self-consciousness and the exposition of contradiction as a feature of dialectical reason. However, seeing the categories as subjective and contradiction only as negative are faults, he thinks, for reason has means to overcome contradiction and is only a moment of an affirmative unity (453).
- content and form
- cause and effect
The Doctrine of the Concept
“Hegel never disputed the necessity of experience as such, but he well and truly showed how, by its own contradictions, it [thought] pushes onward from itself to universality and to the necessity of determinations.” (from Rosenkranz, op cit: Book 3 chapter 2)