Hegel - 3.7 with a 3.77 S&P Geometric Mean
Hegel’s new name is Norm, because he is closest to the calculated Geometric Mean. Yes my humour is bad, this I know, an inward projected post-modernish move of self depreciation is an unintended consequence. My jokes have always been branded as bad. For every ten (10) references to Plato, and Socrates combined, we have almost four (3.7) references to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. That’s a big decrease of almost 60% from the Shakespeare to Hegel!
“Hegel’s reflections on ‘beginnings’ in the Science of Logic are indispensable. He evokes a characteristic ‘modern discomfort (Verlegenheit) in the face of a beginning’. Almost disturbingly, Hegel assigns to God alone the undisputed right to...” - George Steiner
“Hegelian logic does more than domesticate das Nichts, das Nichtsein. It points out that the human capacity to predicate ‘nothing,’ that the apparent oxymoron in the proposition ‘there is nothing’ are indispensable to serious epistemology and…” - George Steiner
“Hegel himself insists on the seminal role of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic saga in the genesis of articulation of his phenomenology and of his logic. The pressure of motion on and within even the most abstract of experienced…” - George Steiner
“... even in respect of the difficulties inherent in Hegel’s idiom and arguments, the considerations in the ‘Wissenschaft der Logik’ [Science of Logic] on the Anfang, on the beginning, are the most recalcitrant. It is (fascinatingly) evident that Hegel wrestles with …” - George Steiner
“Thus there are in the arcana of Hegel’s meditations on beginning suggestions and figurations which we can verify both in the “unanalysable” matter of common experience, and which were to prove fertile throughout modern art and literature.” - George Steiner