By Terje Sparby

“The determinate negation” has through Robert Brandom been known as Hegel’s such a lot basic conceptual software. during this booklet, Terje Sparby concurs concerning the significance of the time period, yet rejects Brandom’s interpretation of it. Hegel’s genuine use of the time period may possibly at the beginning appear to be inconsistent, anything that's mirrored within the scholarship. despite the fact that, on nearer inspection, 3 kinds of determinate negations will be discerned in Hegel’s texts: A not anything that's whatever, a second of transformation via loss (like the Phoenix emerging from the ashes), and a cohesion of opposites. via an in-depth interpretation of Hegel’s paintings, a complete account of the determinate negation is constructed within which those philosophically not easy rules are obvious as elements of 1 overarching process.

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I would know, however, that anything non-square shaped has a shape that is not a square-shape. 4 Affirmative Negation and the Infinite Judgment In the discussion of the table of judgments in KrV, Kant mentions a case where negations also have an affirmative meaning. With regards to the quality of judgments, Kant differentiates between judgments that affirm and deny, but also includes the so-called infinite judgment, which combines affirmation and denial: The infinite judgment affirms a predicate of something, but the predicate itself is a denial.

39 Consequently, a determination is synthetic while logical predication is analytic. An example of a logical predication could then be “the body is extended in space,” while “the body is 4 kilograms,” would be a determination. 41 If all that existed were negations there would be nothing to think. Kant uses the example of a blind person who, lacking a conception of light, is not able to conceive of darkness. Similarly, someone who is poor is unable to conceive of poverty because of the lack of a conception of wealth.

When an object is not-good-smelling, it is bad-smelling, and for anything badsmelling it is true that it is not good-smelling. (1) is therefore a weaker claim than (2). (1) does not actually locate the object on either side of a divide (it leaves open the possibility that it belongs to neither side). (2), however, draws up the divide and decides that the object belongs to one side. As we will see, this analysis of the infinite judgment will play an important role in Kant’s antinomies. For now it can be noted that there is indeed a clear case where Kant thinks that a negation can be determinate.

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