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6. Simple Circulation as a Moment of the Notion

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This chapter presents the great Hegelian triad, and discusses the exact logical position of simple circulation in the conceptual development of capital. The 'doctrine of the Notion' or the 'subjective logic' includes, in the Science of Logic, three sections entitled 'subjectivity', 'objectivity' and 'Idea'. Firstly, in the section on subjectivity, Hegel shows that the Notion includes three moments; the moment of universality, the moment of particularity, and the moment of singularity. By contrast, the commodity of simple circulation mediated by money and produced for the market is a 'chemical object', in that its 'determinateness', its exchange relation, belongs to its distinctive nature, and this nature cannot be conceived of outside this relation. Hegel writes that in the chemical process, the Notion of the object is in contradiction with its isolated existence, and the object itself is the tendency towards the elimination of its isolation.

Keywords: chemical process; Hegelian triad; Science of Logic; simple circulation; subjective logic



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