Studies in the Hegelian Dialectic

Front Cover
University Press, 1896 - Logic - 259 pages
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents


Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 73 - The meanest thing that exists has a life of its own, absolutely unique and individual, which we can partly understand by terms borrowed from our own experience, but which is no more identical with, or in any way like, the...
Page 61 - ... fascinating attempt to construct the world out of abstract thought or mere universals. The whole form and structure of the system, and the express declarations of its author at points of critical importance, combine to force this conviction upon us. The language used can only be interpreted to mean that thought out of its own abstract nature gives birth to the reality of things.
Page 70 - Certainly it would be strange if the notion, the very inmost of mind, if even the ' Ego,' or above all, the concrete totality we call God, were not rich enough to include so poor a category as being...
Page 235 - Die Idee als Einheit der subjektiven und der objektiven Idee ist der Begriff der Idee, dem die Idee als solche der Gegenstand, dem das Objekt sie ist; — ein Objekt, in welches alle Bestimmungen zusammengegangen sind.
Page 36 - The relation of speculative science to the other sciences may be stated in the following terms. It does not in the least neglect the empirical facts contained in the several sciences, but recognizes and adopts them: it appreciates and applies towards its own structure the universal element in these sciences, their laws and classifications: but besides all this, into the categories of science it introduces, and gives currency to, other categories.
Page 259 - ... spite of their pretension to a more rational consciousness, no better than common men with their enthusiasms or deliberately adopted faiths. We have ourselves seen some of the weakness of the monistic proofs. Mr. McTaggart picks plenty of holes of his own in Hegel's logic, and finally concludes that 'all true philosophy must be mystical, not indeed in its methods but in its final conclusions...
Page 122 - Notion is development ; by which that only is explicitly affirmed which is already implicitly speaking present. In the world of nature, it is organic life that corresponds to the grade of the notion. Thus, eg, the plant is developed from its germ. The germ virtually involves the whole plant, but does so only ideally or in thought; and it would therefore be a mistake to regard the development of the root, stem, leaves, and other different parts of the plant as meaning that they were realiter present,...
Page 134 - But it does not go to it because it seeks denial, but because it seeks completion. But this can now be carried still further. Not only is the presence of negation in the dialectic a mere accident, though a necessary one, of the gradual completion of the idea. We are now led to consider it as an accident which is necessary indeed in the lower stages of the dialectic, but which is gradually eliminated in proportion as we proceed further, and in proportion as the materials from which we start are of...
Page 169 - The whole, which is both sides of this process, rejects the claim of a one-sided datum, and supplements it by that other and opposite side which really is implied — so begetting by negation a balanced unity. This path once entered on, the process starts afresh with the whole just reached. But this also is seen to be the one-sided expression of a higher synthesis ; and it gives birth to an opposite which co-unites with it into a second whole, a whole which in its turn is degraded into a fragment...
Page 62 - For there is all the difference possible between attempting to reduce one side of an opposition to the other, and asserting, as we have done, that the two sides are completely fused in a unity which is more than either of them. Experience can be analysed into two abstract, and therefore imperfect...

About the author (1896)

John McTaggart was a British metaphysician who taught at Cambridge University from 1897 to 1923. He was one of the main figures in the school of Hegelianism that flourished in Great Britain from the third quarter of the nineteenth century well into the first quarter of the twentieth century. Though he ranks beside F. H. Bradley and Bernard Bosanquet, McTaggart espoused a peculiar brand of Hegelian idealism. On Georg Hegel, he was a superb commentator, but never a slavish expositor. While he believed that reality is essentially spiritual, his idealism retreated from conjuring up absolutes. Rather, he insisted on the primacy of finite individual persons. His denial of the existence of time has continued to intrigue philosophers. His "Nature of Existence" has incited the extensive critique of Charles Dunbar Broad, in what is perhaps the most celebrated instance in twentieth-century philosophy of an exceptionally prominent and influential thinker painstakingly, and at length, commenting on the work of another.

Bibliographic information