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Landmark examine of Hegel's arguments for God as Trinity.

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The self-development of the Concept is ultimately conceived as pure self-mediation. Without this objective content which thought is, thought itself would be empty and unmediated; there would be no other to immediacy. Thought is therefore for Hegel always already mediated. As such thought always brings with it mediation, or better, always mediates. Already from this introductory survey of logic as pure self-determining and self-mediating thought it can be seen how Hegel’s understanding of logic proposes to provide the structure of his response to philosophical alienation with 8 Hegel’s Trinitarian Claim implications as well for the overcoming of alienation in religion and society.

He argues from the first paragraph, in which the sublation of the differentiation of quality20 as the determination and negation21 of Dasein is accomplished in view of its being, of its containing Dasein, on through to paragraph five, which provides the transition to finitude. This transition occurs on the basis of Etwas’s being a concrete becoming whose moments are themselves now both seen to be Etwas, that is, Etwas and other. This establishment of other will in Chapter Six below lead into a consideration of Hegel’s notion of the true infinite.

52 At least for Hegel this apparently unnuanced if not haphazard juxtaposition was, while admitting the need for further determinations, justifiably grounded in the structural identity of Concept and subjectivity as self-thinking Idea which is self-positing, self-developing method. ”53 What this Concept in the shape of the Self consists in as a movement of self-determining subjectivity can be further explained by again considering Hegel’s notion of method. 55 It is the Concept inclusive of both subjectivity and objectivity.

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