Hegel's Logic; A Book on the Genesis of the Categories of the Mind: A Critical Exposition

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9781230228594: Hegel's Logic; A Book on the Genesis of the Categories of the Mind: A Critical Exposition
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... among our concepts to discover what the new thought corresponds to and what that thought has been named. Thus there is as was explained (in that chapter) a thread of experience as well as a thread of a priori deduction in the dialectic method. We deduce a new thought and then identify it with some thought previously familiar to us and name it by the word already in use for that thought. It may be inquired: What would happen in case a new thought arose which could not be identified with any previous thought? The answer is that such new thought would certainly be a synthesis of some familiar thought with another--in other words, a modiiication of some already familiar thought. Hence it would be possible to state the new thought in terms of the old, and this is in fact the method actually adopted by the race when it makes new words for its new ideas. It forms its new word so as to suggest the familiar element identified in the new. Every new thought is and must be a modification of a previous thought, as is evident from the fact that all thought is some determination of the ego, and each thought must be distinguished from every other by difference in determination. It follows that the general possibility of thought is the common ground as the matter or stuff that is determined into particular thoughts. Unquestionably Hegel deduced correctly the thoughts following the "determinations of reflection," but he was puzzled to identify them with the categories of essence in current use in the German language. This is the difficulty in any language for the reason that the words for these determinations have a sliding scale of use and are not always employed for the same thoughts. The stage of consciousness that thinks its thoughts on the standpoint...

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