In his attack on Hegel Kierkegaard puts forward the following two theses: (1) A logical system is possible; (2) An existential system is impossible. Kierkegaard then levels against Hegel the charge that his Science of Logic is not a logical system but is a more or less veiled attempt to be an existential system; the existential character of the system is revealed — all according to Kierkegaard — by the fact that Hegel identifies thought and being, subject and object. Kierkegaard does not quote, as he could have done, Hegel’s famous pronouncement in the Preface to the Phenomenology:

In my view, which can be justified only by the exposition of the system itself, everything turns on grasping and expressing the True, not only as substance but equally as subject1.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Justus Hartnack
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  1. 1.University of AarhusAarhusDenmark

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