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Hegel – Wissenschaft der Logik, 1812-16

Wissenschaft der Logik. Erster Band. Die objective Logik. Zweytes Buch. Die Lehre vom Wesen. Zweiter Band. Wissenschaft der subjectiven Logik oder die Lehre vom Begriff. Nürnberg: Johann Leonhard Schrag, 1812, 1813, 1816.

First edition, complete in all three parts. Written while he was a schoolmaster in Nuremberg, Wissenschaft der Logik was the earliest statement of Hegel’s fully developed system, and it won him international fame. In it Hegel examines the ‘thought-types’ or ‘fundamental categories’ that structure cognition and reality. He begins with the most basic categories – being, nothing and becoming – and goes on to examine others such as quality, quantity, substance and causality. Like the Phänomenologie, the Logik proceeds dialectically, demonstrating how categories can only be understood in relation to the categories that oppose them, and showing how a given category and its opposite can only be grasped in terms of some higher category that unites them.

3 volumes, xiv, xxviii, 334; vi, 282; [i], x, 403 pp., contemporary half leather over marbled boards, lightly rubbed, all edges red, pages very clean and bright, no stamps or inscriptions, an exceptionally fine copy.

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