"Contradiction is the rule of the true."—G.W.F. Hegel
class="first">Hegel said Contradiction is the Rule of the True
This most fascinating premise put forth by Hegel is one of the most revolutionary premises in the whole history of philosophy. It pits Hegel directly against the dogmatism of Aristotle, a philosopher he knew exceedingly well. Hegel did not merely blurt this out as some abstract tautology in an attempt to be controversial, it was the result of careful thought, the result of thinking through the nature of being, wherein thought (dialectic process) informed him that being is in a constant state of motion. All of philosophy has tried to eliminate contradiction, it is still trying to do it, but Hegel discovered that it, contradiction, is the nature of being. How can one understand reality if they do not understand it as a process? To reject this is to leverage a static ideal of reality, against the concrete being of reality.