Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel gave many lectures in logic at Berlin University between 1818 and his untimely death in 1831. Edited posthumously by Hegel's son, Karl, these lectures were published in German in 2001 and now appear in English for the first time. Because they were delivered orally, Lectures on Logic is more approachable and colloquial than much of Hegel's formal philosophy. The lectures provide important insight into Hegel's science of logic, dialectical method, and symbolic logic. Clark Butler's smooth translation helps readers understand the rationality of Hegel's often dark and difficult thought. Readers at all levels will find a mature and particularly clear presentation of Hegel's systematic philosophical vision.
Clark Butler is Director of the Institute for Human Rights at Indiana University-Purdue University, Ft. Wayne. He is translator (with Christiane Seiler) of Hegel: The Letters (IUP, 1984) and author of Hegel's Logic: Between Dialectic and History.
Translator's Introduction Introduction to the Lectures on Logic Preliminary General Concept of Our Subject Matter A. The First Position [of Thought] Toward Objectivity B. The Second Position of Thought Toward Objectivity B.I. Empiricism B.II. The Critical Philosophy [B.II.]a. The theoretical faculty [B.II.b.] Practical reason [B.II.c. The reflective power of judgment] C. The Third Position [of Thought] Toward Objectivity [More Exact Concept and] Division of the [Science of] Logic [I. Being] II. [Essence] III. The Self-Concept BEING I. Being I.A. Quality I.A.a. Being I.A.b. Determinate Being [Dasein] I.A.c. Being for Itself I.B. Quantity I.C. Measure ESSENCE II. Essence II.A. Essence as the Ground of Existence II.A.a. The Show of the Essence of Being II.A.a. Identity II.A.a. Difference II.A.a. Ground II.A.b. Existence II.A.c. The Thing II.B. Appearance [II.B.a.] The World of Appearance [II.B.b. Form and Content] [II.B.c. Correlation] [1.] The whole and its parts [2. Force and its expression] [3. The inner and the outer] II.C. Actuality [Moments of Actuality as an Efficacious Process: Contingency and Mere Possibility versus the Real Possibility, Pre-Conditions, and Necessity of a Matter at Hand] [II.C.a. The Matter at Hand] [II.C.b. The Moments of Necessity] [1.] Conditions [2.] The matter at hand 3. The activity [of a matter at hand actualizing itself] [II.C.c. The Forms of Necessity] [1. The correlation of substantiality] [2. The correlation of causality] [3. The correlation of reciprocal interaction] THE SELF-CONCEPT III. The Self-Concept Subdivisions [of the Logic of the Self-Concept] III.A. The Subjective Self-Concept III.A.1. The Self-Concept as Such III.A.2. Judgment [III.A.2. Qu