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"Pure being and pure Nothing are thus one and the same." --(Heidegger crediting Hegel with having reclaimed this lost insight for the Western tradition in the Science of Logic).

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Pure being (reines Sein) is a philosophical concept devised by German philosopher Hegel.

In Science of Logic, Hegel wrote "Being, pure Being ... It is pure indeterminacy and emptiness (German: Sein, reines Sein ... Es ist die reine Unbestimmtheit und Leere."

"Pure Being, says Hegel (G. L. i. 78. Enc., 87) has no determination of any sort. Any determination would give some particular nature, as against some other particular nature — would make it X rather than not-X. It has therefore no determination whatever. But to be completely free of any determination is just what we mean by Nothing. Accordingly, when we predicate Being as an adequate expression of existence, we find that in doing so we are also predicating Nothing as an adequate expression of existence. And thus we pass over to the second category." --John McTaggart A Commentary on Hegel’s Logic[1]


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