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Excluded WithinThe (Un)Intelligibility of Radical Political Actors$
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Sina Kramer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190625986.001.0001

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Multiple Negativity: Negativity and Difference in Hegel’s Science of Logic

Multiple Negativity: Negativity and Difference in Hegel’s Science of Logic

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(p.27) 2 Multiple Negativity: Negativity and Difference in Hegel’s Science of Logic
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Excluded Within
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Sina Kramer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190625986.003.0002

Chapter 2 diagnoses the operation of constitutive exclusion in hegemonic or closed systems, using Hegel’s philosophical system as a model. I argue that Hegel’s totalized philosophical system relies on a more radical, heterogeneous negativity and difference that it constitutively excludes. The Science of Logic—and by extension the whole of the Hegelian system—relies on the constitutive exclusion of a multiple negativity that exceeds the logic of determinate negation and contradiction that organizes the Hegelian system. However, while this multiple negativity is necessary to the system, because it cannot be recognized by the system it operates in an epistemological “blind spot.” I show that the ontological account of the Logic is arrived at by means of the disavowal of a multiple negativity with its roots in contingent empirical differences, and that this is an ultimately political operation. This irruption of politics into ontology is the hallmark of constitutive exclusion.

Keywords:   Hegel, multiplicity, negativity, hegemony, totality, Science of Logic, Antigone, ontology, epistemology

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