Heidegger’s Fourfold in “The Thing” and the Quadruplicity in Hegel’s Science of Logic


Author: Rajesh Sampath
Page Range: 9-34
Published in: International Journal of Ethics, 17#1
ISSN: 1535-4776

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This paper will compare and contrast what the later Heidegger says about the ‘fourfold’ (das Geviert) in “The Thing” (Heidegger, 2001, p. 171) and other lectures with Hegel’s cryptic, concluding remarks of the last chapter of his mammoth, The Science of Logic (1812, 1816), on the ‘quadruplicity’ (Hegel, 2010, p. 746). At first glance, this may look like a strange undertaking. And this is not to reduce or minimize the enormous scholarly work done on both these thinkers and these two particular moments in their respective bodies of work. For example, work on Hegel’s greater Logic is vast, technical, and spans different traditions in Germany, France, the U.S., and England but quite frankly throughout the world. (In the Anglo-American world, one thinks of Taylor, Pippin, Brandom, Rosen, and others.). So, a comparison and contrast of these two great philosophers cannot legitimately be conducted in a vacuum and be taken seriously at the same time.

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