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Dimensions of the Logical

A Hermeneutic Inquiry

Friedrich Hogemann

Drawing on the work of Georg Misch, this work seeks to give back to the Word its original fullness of meaning. Misch’s notion of a logic of life considers the Word in the plenitude of its great powers. The question of life leads the inquiries undertaken in this study via Misch’s anthropological conception on to the phenomenological ontology of Martin Heidegger and Josef Koenig’s investigation of ‘Being and Thought’. Heidegger’s quest for the meaning of Being calls for a close inspection of its linguistic foundation. ‘Being’ reveals itself as the original truth. It is the verbum demonstrativum in its verbal form. Solely to Indo-European languages is this form immanent. Thus, the established basis may be the starting point from which to reconsider the question of tradition as well as constructs of higher levels.
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Section One. Hermeneutic logic in Misch’s ‘The Construction of logic based on the philosophy of life’

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Chapter 1. The extension ‘from within itself’ of the concept of traditional logic

Introduction

It would be a big mistake to underrate traditional logic. It is a richly developed science distinguished by the fact that in it reason has to do only with itself. It gives form and articulation to the ether of pure thought. It provides us with something firm that we can hold on to: ‘Objects are something so to speak graspable, something that remains stable when reflected upon, always re-identifiable and open to repeated contemplation, analysis and description.’2 It is a mark of Western culture.

But once we are confronted by the theory of forms offered by traditional logic we can no longer adhere to it. In the first part of his Aufbau course Misch reports what has been said across many centuries by those who have expressed doubts ← 17 | 18 → about the meaning and value of traditional logic.3 In so doing he takes the Aristotelian foundation of Western logic as his point of departure.

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