A note on Hegel’s Dialectic

Hegel did not ever use the terms thesis, antithesis & synthesis. Instead he used Greek letters and describes them as α) abstraction or understanding, β) dialectical or negatively rational, γ) speculative or postively rational. These were the building blocks of Logic. This is not what what we think of logic today, as a branch of mathematics related to rhetoric and syllogism. Hegel saw it as the basic structure of how we think. Being an idealist, where what we understand about the world is in some respects a mental creation, Logic was also a basic law of nature. Hence the dialectic was part of the most basic framework on which the world is constructed and how it is to be understood.

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~ by severalfourmany on March 12, 2013.

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