Why Hegel’s Concept Is Not the Essence of Things

  • Stephen Houlgate


Hegel’s Logic is both a logic and an ontology. It uncovers the fundamental categories of thought and the inherent structure of being itself. In the course of the Logic, being proves to be not just pure being, but becoming, quantity, substance and, eventually, concept (Begriff). Being-as-concept in turn proves to be objectivity and being-as-Idea. The Idea then finally discloses itself to be nature. What there proves to be, therefore, is not just pure being or pure substance or even pure concept, but space, time and matter.


Active Substance Supra Note Reciprocal Causality Posit Moment Absolute Foundation 
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