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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Science of Logic (Cambridge Hegel Translations) Hardcover – September 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0521832557 ISBN-10: 0521832551 Edition: 1st

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"...The Science of Logic is a very provocative and interesting book, inspiring thinking in directions not thought before."
--George Lăzăroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York, Analysis and Metaphysics

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This new translation of Hegel's 'Greater Logic' includes the revised Book I (1832), Book II (1813), and Book III (1816). The volume's introduction presents in synoptic form the results of recent scholarship on the subject. The translation is accompanied by a full apparatus of historical and explanatory notes.
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  • Series: Cambridge Hegel Translations
  • Hardcover: 866 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521832551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521832557
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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The book has been favorably received on the hegel-yahoo lists.
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Before finishing half of the book the pages were beginning to separate from the glue binding.
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An important work for a transition into mature Hegelian philosophy.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Colin McLarty on June 9, 2011
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Hegel's Logic is the center of his philosophy, and decisive for western philosophy. To say it "marks the end of classical metaphysics" is obvious. Kant claimed to put metaphysics on the path of science, and even Hegel talks that way in the preface to the Logic -- but it stops there. Marx and Mach and Freud all declare philosophy/metaphysics is done for in favor of some sense of science. Hegel's role in provoking Kierkegaard is well known, and I agree with those who say Kierkegaaard deeply understood Hegel's logic or 'dialectic.' Mach's heirs the logical positivists specify that philosophy is to be replaced by the science of logic -- not the same logic as Hegel of course, but also not the same as we call mathematical logic today.

Di Giovanni's introduction argues very well that Hegel read Kant as displacing (if not replacing) metaphysics by logic (formal and transcendental), especially logicized ontology, and Hegel completed that. I will resist the urge to offer my summary and just say di Giovanni's argument on Kant, Fichte, and Schelling is clear, well documented, persuasive, and illuminates Hegel's logic. Some years ago I read the Miller translation of the Science of Logic, along with much else by Hegel and on him, and have never lost the interest -- but di Giovanni's introduction gave me a much deeper sense of this book, and continues to enrich my re-reading of it.

The translation itself is probably clearer and more readable than Miller's, but translation is not so important for Hegel as commentary. That is, Hegel himself knew what any German reader knows, that Hegel's word choices are far less illuminating than his arguments and his use of earlier philosophers. He often explains his own word choices, because he knows the words do not speak for themselves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cowley on August 18, 2011
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This is philosophy in pursuit of the 'Absolute', which is not what is usually meant by logic. The argument proceeds by naive intuition, followed by dialectic, arriving at a richer 'speculative' standpoint which then becomes a new starting point for further argument. The initial starting point is 'pure being', which is the height of abstraction and famously equated with 'pure nothing' (being in general is nothing in particular, so to speak) and said to result in 'becoming' (that includes being and nothing). Some say the real method is a progressive removal of layers of abstraction and the recovery of a common sense world view. However, it is probably more true to say that there is some active development of an intuition in the dialectic, which is not all of the same kind or equal in quality of argument.

Giovanni's translation is clearer than AV Millar's and more accurate than the pleasant and readable Johnson & Struther's version from the 1920s. The book has been favorably received on the hegel-yahoo lists. He is an experienced translator of Hegel into English and his introduction is informative.

This is of course the longer Logic and readers wishing an easier, introductory text might try the shorter Encyclopaedia Logic (Cambridge Hegel Translations) instead. One point I wish to make though is, what a price! Hopefully when college library sales have been exhausted, the price for personal buyers will be reduced.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John G. Bardis on March 11, 2013
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Hegel's book, of course, gets all the stars it wants. The three stars are for the translation.

This is supposed to be a new translation. But it is only a revision of Miller. And everywhere that the two translations differ significantly, Miller is almost always better. Whenever there is a significant change in Miller's translation it is very often simply a mistake that is being made.

This new translation may be a slightly smoother read in general. Or perhaps that impression is only the result of this being a much nicer book. The Miller book is very poorly bound so that it immediately falls apart at first touch. It has very small margins. And its print is poor. This new translation is quite well bound (although my copy has fallen apart in one place). It has nice margins (so that the better translations from Miller can be written there). And the print is very nice.

It is very helpful to have two translations. Comparing them in detail, sentence by sentence, as I have done from beginning to end, is really better than any commentary. It is unfortunate that this translation is not really new, but only a slight revision. And it is also unfortunate that it screws up Miller on almost every page to a greater or lesser extent.

If you only have one translation, it should definitely be the Miller translation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik O. Christianson on October 1, 2014
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This review is about the quality of the physical product, not the work itself. The binding is terrible.

The bought the hardcover edition of this book because I had read reviews that the paperback fell apart almost immediately. I assumed that a new hardcover for $160 would not suffer from the same issues, but I was wrong. Before finishing half of the book the pages were beginning to separate from the glue binding.

Some glue bindings are not bad, and perhaps I got a defective one and the others are OK. I also wonder if it's some sort of editorial commentary on Hegel himself.
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