Cover

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Half Title, Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

A short circuit occurs when there is a faulty connection in the network—faulty, of course, from the standpoint of the network’s smooth functioning. Is not the shock of short-circuiting, therefore, one of the best metaphors for a critical reading? Is not one of the most effective critical procedures to cross wires that do not usually touch: to take a major classic ...

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Introduction: Hegel to the Letter

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pp. 1-8

This book works with a set of basic propositions that are all interrelated.
First: If you want to modernize Hegel—to retrieve Hegel as a postcritical, profane thinker (that is, someone not only alert to the contingencies of social and historical existence but equipped and motivated to intervene in these)—you sooner or later have to face the monster. You’ve got to take seriously the ...

Part I: First Time as Phenomenology, Second Time as … Logic?

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Chapter 1. “Kant Brought to His Senses”

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pp. 11-28

In the preface to the first edition of the Science of Logic, in 1812, Hegel analyzes the historical juncture at which he situates his own project: people have lost interest in the contents and even the form of metaphysics, and this situation is a paradoxical effect of Kant’s attempt to inaugurate modern philosophy by bringing rational metaphysics to its completion. Kant had argued ...

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Chapter 2. A Tale of Two Books

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pp. 29-52

Hegel wrote only two books. But it seems as if even this scanty production had already generated at least one book too many. For the two books do not quite form a couple, and they do not exactly add up. At least in Hegel’s case, two seems to be an odd number. He produced an odd couple, even a “pseudocouple.”1 This oddness is not easily evened out and will produce some unsettling results. ...

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Chapter 3. The Dash, or How to Do Things with Signs

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pp. 53-62

Now for the pedantry. There’s a strange punctuation mark that crops up at two key moments in both of Hegel’s books. The mark appears once at the end of the Phenomenology and then again at the beginning of the Logic. It can be easy to miss, especially if one is working with the (until recently standard) published English translations, because each time the translator decided ...

Part II: Punctuations of Absolute Knowing

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Chapter 4. Hegel’s Last Words

Rebecca Comay

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pp. 65-86

When all is said and done, to let go of a book is to go through a bout of mourning. Hegel’s struggle to get the thing off gives separation anxiety a whole new spin. Craziness, hypochondria, missed deadlines, publisher’s hassles, promises, more promises, bad postal service, no document backup, money problems, job insecurity ...

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Chapter 5. Hegel’s First Words

Frank Ruda

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pp. 87-106

The Logic “resists understanding”4 more than any other of Hegel’s texts but also more than any other text in the history of philosophy. One reason for this comes to the fore if one reads one of its infamous claims—allegedly the most immodest of them all—from its introduction. There Hegel states that “the content of pure science,” the “veritable matter” ...

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Epilogue: The Point Is to Lose It

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pp. 107-112

Heinz Eidam claims that “if the Hegelian logic is a logic of freedom, then the decision, which it took at the beginning and forgot again in the very same moment, lies in the inaudible dash that is perceivable only as pause, as interruption in the flow of arguments.”2 The decision that kickstarts the Logic is inscribed in its first sentence in the form of the dash. ...

Abbreviations of Works by Hegel

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pp. 113-114

Notes

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pp. 115-156

Bibliography

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pp. 157-172

Index

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pp. 173-178

About Authors

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