Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Brownlee, Timothy. Review of G. W. F. Hegel, THE SCIENCE OF LOGIC. NDPR (June 2011).

Hegel, G. W.  The Science of Logic.  Ed. and trans. George di Giovanni.  Cambridge: CUP, 2010.

The Science of Logic, Hegel's second major work, is a notoriously difficult book. Hegel's prose is dense, and his subject matter is onerous. At the same time, Hegel understands his project in the Logic to be a significant one. Tracing the development of a series of concepts out of "thinking" itself, the Logic is supposed to provide the core of ontology and, in some sense, to mark a renewal of metaphysics after Kant. In this new English translation of Hegel's Science of Logic, George di Giovanni has produced a readable and scholarly edition of Hegel's text that should replace A. V. Miller's translation as the standard one.

This volume is the second in Cambridge University Press's new 'Cambridge Hegel Translations' series, under the general editorship of Michael Baur. (The third, a new translation of the Encyclopedia Logic, has since appeared.) Di Giovanni's edition and translation set a high standard for future volumes. He augments his translation with extensive introductory and supplementary materials. He helpfully documents the history of the publication of the Logic and traces the development of Hegel's thinking about logic and its relation to metaphysics in the Jena writings of the first decade of the nineteenth century. He situates his own interpretation of the Logic in relation to Hegel's idealist predecessors, stressing in particular its relation to the work of Kant and Fichte. He also provides a summary account of the development of the argument of the text itself and relates this account to other prominent interpretations of the text, both historical and contemporary. . . .

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