[OPE-L:2724] Re: Hegelian syllogism

From: C. J. Arthur (cjarthur@pavilion.co.uk)
Date: Wed Apr 05 2000 - 11:03:00 EDT

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Replies to Rakesh and Ale

Rakesh 2716 I think I agree

Ale 2715

>thanks for your illuminating post #2723.
>I have a couple of questions:
>a) What would be the difference between the Hegelian and the Aristotelian
>form of the syllogism?

In a word totalisation. Aristotle has a linear argument from premises to
conclusion. hegel is interested in trying to show that the premises may be
comclusions of another syllogism such that a whole system of syllogisms may
be self-supporting as it were with everything both premise and conclusion.
(This does not affect the point I made before however.) I drew on Hegel to
address the similar complementaries of the circuits of capital in my
contribution to *The Circulation of Capital* eds Arthur and Reuten.

>b) Can we think of the Hegelian form of syllogism as a *historical*, *real
>time* process, pressumably in contrast with the Aristotelian one, which
>would be a *purely logical*, *atemporal* scheme?

Hegel has both atemporal and historical movements.

>I think Marx conceives the C-M-C and the M-C-M' as real time, historical
>processes which cannot be collapsed into an "instantaneous", "logical" moment.

Hm. I think that at the early levels of abstraction the question of time is
not important; what is important is the 'distribution' of the moments of
value; C is its particularity, M its universality, and their unification in
an individual is achieved in the metamorphoses, certainly a process rather
then a synchronic relation to be sure.

Chris A

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