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The Review of Metaphysics

Volume 72, Issue 1, September 2018

Victoria I. Burke
Pages 101-121

The Emergence of the Concept in Hegel’s Science of Logic

In this article, the author charts the development of G. W. F. Hegel’s concept (Begriff) in the Science of Logic (1812–1816). She shows that Hegel could not possibly arrive at the concept until the end of Book II, after his treatment of the categories of modality, especially contingency.  The concept is only graspable by thought in the first-person perspective if its content is a contingent aspect of an infinite externality. This Hegelian form of modernization in the Science of Logic implies that there are no natural truths.