Single Idea 15616

[catalogued under 2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 3. Non-Contradiction]

Full Idea

If truth were nothing more than lack of contradiction, one would have to examine first of all, with regard to each concept, whether it does not on its own account, contain an inner contradiction.

Gist of Idea

If truth is just non-contradiction, we must take care that our basic concepts aren't contradictory


Georg W.F.Hegel (Logic (Encyclopedia I) [1817], 33 Rem)

Book Reference

Hegel,Georg W.F.: 'The Hegel Reader', ed/tr. Houlgate,Stephen [Blackwell 1998], p.148

A Reaction

This is a very nice thought, which modern analytic philosophers, steeped in logic, should think about. It is always presumed that a contradiction is between a proposition and its negation, not some inner feature.