Being, Nothing, Becoming; Dasein, Finitude, Infinitude; Being-for-self, the One and the Many, Repulsion and Attraction, Quantity, Quantum, quantitative Relation, and finally the Measure, which flexes over itself and completes the first explicit form of reflection. The genuine infinite however is not merely in the position of the one-sided acid, and so does not lose itself. If it be also said that the infinite is unattainable, the statement is true, but only because to the idea of infinity has been attached the circumstance of being simply and solely negative. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Following the seminal work of Plato and Aristotle, the tacit assumption of philosophers was that being and becoming were diametrically opposed. (2) If the opposition in thought is stated in this immediacy as Being and Nothing, the shock of its nullity is too great not to stimulate the attempt to fix Being and secure it against the transition into Nothing. In Being-for-self enters the category of Ideality. This aspect of being is also what appears as quantity in our ordinary conceptions. And when that is done, the mere abstract Being and Nothing are replaced by a concrete in which both these elements form an organic part. Becoming always contains Being and Nothing in such a way, that these two are always changing into each other, and reciprocally cancelling each other. To the religious sense of the Greeks the divinity of measure, especially in respect of social ethics, was represented by Nemesis. That ‘ought to be’ betrays the incapacity of actually making good a claim which is at the same time recognised to be right. The utmost to which this way brings us is only the postulate of a never-ending approximation to the law of Reason: which postulate has been made an argument for the immortality of the soul. Besides it may very fairly be charged with reducing the infinite to finitude and making a finite infinite. And always when a concrete existence is disguised under the name of Being and not-Being, empty-headedness makes its usual mistake of speaking about, and having in mind an image of, something else than what is in question: and in this place the question is about abstract Being and Nothing. Thus by its inherent contradiction Becoming collapses into the unity in which the two elements are absorbed. Create a free website or blog at Here we are speaking primarily of the qualitative limit. In the history of philosophy, this stage of the logical Idea finds its analogue in the system of Heraclitus. But it must not be touched by the infinite. But even these objects when closely inspected are found to be not quite measureless: the water of a river, and the single constituents of a rock, when chemically analysed, are seen to be qualities conditioned by the quantitative ratios between the matters they contain. The case is otherwise with the Positive and the Negative. Posted by Hegel and the Zeitgeist | thelycaeum on 05/25/2014 at 2:53 pm, […] have written previously of Hegel’s dialectical view of history. ( Log Out /  In such circumstances, where the finite is on this side, and the infinite on that-this world as the finite and the other world as the infinite-an equal dignity of permanence and independence is ascribed to finite and to infinite. (4) It remains to note that such phrases as ‘Being and Nothing are the same’., or ‘The unity of Being and Nothing’ — like all other such unities, that of subject and object, and others — give rise to reasonable objection. But thousands of years had to elapse before they came to apprehend thought in its purity, and to see it in the truly objective. But if when we view the whole world we can only say that everything is, and nothing more, we are neglecting all speciality and, instead of absolute plenitude, we have absolute emptiness. The various kinds of plants and animals, in the whole as well as in their parts, have a certain measure: though it is worth noticing that the more imperfect forms, those which are least removed from inorganic nature, are partly distinguished from the higher forms by the greater indefiniteness of their measure. Posted 05/12/2014 by Brady in Cosmology, Dialectical, Modern philosophy. Even the difference of musical notes may be regarded as an example of what takes place in the process of measure the revulsion from what is at first merely quantitative into qualitative alteration. Thus, Hegel’s philosophy left the backdoor open for a return to a form of dualism, and it is this backdoor that is now being used in academia to distort Hegel’s true achievements. The notion of Being, therefore, of which we sometimes speak, must mean Becoming; not the mere point of Being, which is empty Nothing, any more than Nothing, which is empty Being. It concludes the corrected and partially formalized commentary on the Logic of Being. But since the distinction has not at this point assumed definite shape (Being and Nothing are still the immediate), it is, in the way that they have it, something unutterable, which we merely mean. If, for example, we observe a piece of ground, three acres large, that circumstance is its quantitative limit. The living die, simply because as living they bear in themselves the germ of death. ©. The indeterminate, as we have it, is the blank we begin with, not a featurelessness reached by abstraction, not the elimination of all character, but the original featurelessness which precedes all definite character and is the very first of all. (1) Hence was derived the second definition of the Absolute: the Absolute is the Nought. If we now ask for the difference between something and another, it turns out that they are the same: which sameness is expressed in Latin by calling the pair aliad-aliud. We mean by it (1) to clear away, or annul: thus, we say, a law or regulation is set aside; (2) to keep, or preserve: in which sense we use it when we say: something is well put by. To suppose that by stepping out and away into that infinity we release ourselves from the finite, is in truth but to seek the release which comes by flight. a house remains what it is, whether it be greater or smaller; and red remains red, whether it be brighter or darker. Becoming is only the explicit statement of what Being is in its truth.
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