Conceptual Harmonies: The Origins and Relevance of Hegel’s Logic (Paperback)

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Conceptual Harmonies: The Origins and Relevance of Hegel’s Logic (Paperback)


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A new reading of Hegel’s Science of Logic through the history of European mathematics.

Conceptual Harmonies develops an original account of G. W. F. Hegel’s perplexing Science of Logic from a simple insight: philosophical and mathematical thought have shaped each other since classical times. Situating Science of Logic within the rise of modern mathematics, Redding stresses Hegel’s attention to Pythagorean ratios, Platonic reason, and Aristotle’s geometrically inspired logic. He then explores how later traditions shaped Hegel’s world, through both Leibniz and new forms of algebraic geometry. This enlightening reading recovers an overlooked stream in Hegel’s philosophy that remains, Redding argues, important for contemporary conceptions of logic.
Paul Redding is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Continental Idealism: Leibniz to Nietzsche and Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought.
Product Details ISBN: 9780226826073
ISBN-10: 0226826074
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: June 5th, 2023
Pages: 336
“The erudition and scope of Redding’s new book are staggering. This is a very fine book on the history of ancient logic and mathematics and its modern German reception, and it is also a major contribution to Hegel studies and philosophy. We finally have a clear and compelling answer to the question, What did Hegel actually think logic was? Redding has shown us the deep philosophical importance of that answer.”
— Robert B. Pippin, University of Chicago

Conceptual Harmonies powerfully challenges a long-standing barrier to a full appreciation of Hegel’s logic: the assumption that, given his trenchant critique of all ‘formalisms,’ Hegel’s logic is in no way mathematical. With his characteristic erudition and insight, Redding guides readers through a history of logic and mathematics from Plato to the twentieth century, toward an entirely new understanding of Hegelian logic. Redding’s latest is a must-read for anyone interested in Hegel and the history of logic, proving once again that Redding is one of the most original, rigorous, and historically sensitive interpreters of Hegel writing in any language.”
— Karen Ng, Vanderbilt University

“In Conceptual Harmonies, Redding makes a breathtakingly original case for a new understanding of Hegel’s Logic. Expanding the examination of Hegel’s sources well beyond the standard Aristotelian and Kantian texts, Redding rewrites the history of logic to show that Hegel anticipated many developments in the mid-nineteenth century and beyond. This is a major achievement that opens up a new line of research into Hegel’s though
— Dean Moyar, Johns Hopkins University