Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Abstract

Hegel is the philosopher of threes. His entire system is triune: logic-nature-spirit. Within the logic is a triune structure: being, essence, notion. Within notion there is a triad: subject-object-idea. Within subjectivity, there is a triad: notion, judgment, syllogism. Yet when we examine Hegel's critique of judgment, there are four (not three): inherence-reflection-necessity-notion.

This paper tries to explain why this is so. There is a disturbing element present at all times in Hegel's logic - what Slavoj Zizek named a silent fourth, which erupts and manifests itself in judgment. This paper refines and justifies Zizek's insight, arguing from the text of Hegel's monumental "Science of Logic".

Publication Title

Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal

First Page

143

Volume

3

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