In Real Words: Language and System in Hegel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 1-17 (2007)

Jeffrey Reid
University of Ottawa
How is Hegel's scientific (systematic) language meant to be objective? Through an examination of Hegel's theory of language, as outlined in the Encyclopedia, we understand how thought inhabits signs to form words, gaining in objectivity. The words of the positive sciences of the understanding are then taken up (reflected upon) syllogistically, where the discourse of Science is informed by the relative objectivity of its linguistic contents. The Philosophy of Nature, for example, does not reflect directly on nature but rather gains its truth and objectivity through reflection on the discourses of the natural sciences.
Keywords Hegel  language  science  system  nature
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