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Hegels Logic

Hegels Logic

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In his Logic Hegel has endeavored to incorporate the essential prin-
ciples of philosophy which in the development of the worlds thought
have forced themselves upon men’s convictions, and have been attested
by a general consensus of opinion. An insight into the Hegelian system
means, therefore, a comprehensive and appreciative grasp of the history
of philosophy in the salient features of its progress. The Logic serves
also as an excellent introduction to the more specific study of German
philosophy which has been most profoundly affected by the writings of
Hegel, both in the philosophical schools those doctrines have been
grounded confessedly upon Hegelian principles, and also among those
which represent a radical reaction against Hegel. Moreover, the system
of philosophy as outlined in the Logic is not merely a speculative sys-
tem of abstract thought, but is at the same time an interpretation of life
he all the falseness of its concrete significance. Upon these considerations,
therefore, it is evident that a knowledge of the Hegelian system must
prove of inestimable value to the student of philosophy. Unfortunately
the proverbial obscurity of Hegel has deterred many from undertaking a
systematic study of his works. It is my conviction that the text of the
Logic is self-illuminating. It has been my endeavor, therefore, to sim-
plify all technical terms and explain their significance in the light of the
definitions as given by Hegel himself, and as indicated in the context
where such terms severally occur. There has been throughout an at-
tempt to render intelligible the fundamental Hegelian doctrines by means
of simple statement and illustration. The method of interpretation has
grown oat of the belief that the best commentary upon Hegel is Hegel
himself. The basis of this exposition has been the Logic of the

6/John Grier Hibben

Encyklopädie der philosophischen Wissenschften, Hegel’s Werke, VI.
During the preparation of this volume I have received valuable sug-
gestions from my friend, Professor Creighton of Cornell University, to
whom I gladly express my indebtedness.

J.G.H.

Princeton University,
October 6, 1902.

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