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Hegel's Theory of Quantity

133 Pages Posted: 7 May 2001  

David Gray Carlson

Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

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Date Written: April 2001


This paper is the second of nine installments explaining how Hegel's "Science of Logic" functions. This installment covers Hegel's three chapters on quantity. To the author's knowledge, no philosopher has ever bothered to define what "quantity" or "number" is. Hegel takes this enterprise seriously. Quantity is here defined as being that is subject to yet indifferent to outside determination. Pure quantity is equated with space, time, and the ego. Each of these is self-externalizing--that is, subject to outside determination.. The task of the concept of quantity over the three chapters that Hegel dedicates to the topic is to re-unite with quality. , Hegel has prodQuality stands for the indifference of quantum to externality. When quality is fully actualized, uced "measure." This paper is apparently the first paper in English to analyze Hegel's prescient critique of calculus.

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Carlson, David Gray, Hegel's Theory of Quantity (April 2001). Cardozo Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 42. Available at SSRN: or

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