Hegels Science Of Logic – Book 1 – ONLINE

Who is this course for

This course is an Advanced level, text-based course and so would not be suitable for people who are new to studying philosophy. It would be an ideal continuation course for students who have previously studied on our Intermediate level courses and who now want a course that will look at the work of a particular philosopher or theme in some depth. It may also be suitable for people who have had some previous grounding in Philosophy and who now want to study in more depth.
Although you should have some previous experience of studying philosophy it is not expected that you need to have a great deal of familiarity with Hegel's philosophy as this is what the course will aim to provide. This course compliment previous courses on other German Idealists such as Kant, and Schelling.

What does this course cover

This course covers the Prefaces and Introductions to the Logic as well as Book I: the Doctrine of Being. We will study Hegel's various arguments about the need for a 'presuppositionless' system, and the issue of philosophical methodology required for thinking the absolute. We will discuss Hegel's conception of logic, and his reasoning for referring to it as a 'science'. As we work through the chapters, we will analyse the specific arguments, concepts, and transitions that inform and structure the genesis of Hegel's text.

By the end of the course, students ought to have a firm understanding of Hegel's dialectical method, and the central philosophical issues and concepts raised in the Logic, especially in the Doctrine of Being. The course will prepare students to continue their engagement with Hegel's philosophy, as well as illuminate Hegel's influence on late 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy

What will it be like

This course will be online using Zoom, and will also use Moodle for distribution of additional materials. This course features lectures, seminar discussion and participation, as well as group work. In addition to the assigned reading material, there may also be Power Point slides to cover the main themes, concepts, and arguments of each session. Assessment of student progress is based on their expectations of the course in the introductory sessions, after which students will be able to keep track of their progression throughout the course sessions, discussions, and question and answers

What else do you need to buy or do

The main text for this course is the Cambridge translation of Hegel's Science of Logic (£47.00). All other reading materials will be made available online on Moodle.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

The course will continue next term as we move on to Book Two of the Science of Logic. The course would combine really well with the other courses running on Hegel in the Advanced Philosophy section in this academic year.

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