New Translation of Hegel’s Science of Logic

If you weren’t aware of this, you are now – start saving money! George di Giovanni’s new translation of the formidable Science of Logic is out in September 2010 (but it’s already listed on at a whooping $180, $121.50):

This new translation of The Science of Logic (also known as ‘Greater Logic’) includes the revised Book I (1832), Book II (1813), and Book III (1816). Recent research has given us a detailed picture of the process that led Hegel to his final conception of the System and of the place of the Logic within it. We now understand how and why Hegel distanced himself from Schelling, how radical this break with his early mentor was, and to what extent it entailed a return (but with a difference) to Fichte and Kant. In the introduction to the volume, George di Giovanni presents in synoptic form the results of recent scholarship on the subject, and, while recognizing the fault lines in Hegel’s System that allow opposite interpretations, argues that the Logic marks the end of classical metaphysics. The translation is accompanied by a full apparatus of historical and explanatory notes.

• Includes a substantial introductory study that places Hegel’s Logic in an historical and conceptual context • Explains key terms and translations • Sets the text out in a clear and accessible manner, including Hegel’s own style points, making it easier to read


Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Notes on the translation; The Science of Logic: Preface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; Introduction; Book I: the doctrine of being; Book II: essence; Book III: the doctrine of the concept; Appendix: Hegel’s logic in its revised and unrevised parts; Bibliography; Index.

The Cambridge Hegel Translations will have An Encyclopedia Logic out in September as well.

The Comfort of Determinism

Even though I have not had a chance to make considerable progress in reading of Science of Logic, I have read some recent posts on the Prefaces and, again, the Introduction – all excellent observations, including one on the opening of the Doctrine of Being (“With What Must Science Begin?”).  As I was thinking about Hegel’s persistent attempts to draw attention and to criticize a conventional logic and the assumed distinction between “form” and “matter” of thought, I decided to take another look at Kant’s CPR – partly because I have always thought (and I am sure I by no means came up with that, I simply internalized this thought to an extent that I can know say “I have always thought”) of CPR as a kind of Kant’s Science of (Transcendental) Logic.  Just to refresh the memory: CPR’s longest section is Part II (“Transcendental Logic”) of the Doctrine of Elements, a part that itself disproportionately leans toward a detailed discussion of “transcendental dialectic” – so, in a sense, a large portion of the book is indeed a treatise on logic.   

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