The Judgment of Existence and Reflection

In the movement of judgment first begins the judgment of existence as an immediate judgment and the most external of its determinations. It is a qualitative judgment which is pure being in its universality of itself. A being which as yet has no other determination than simply being. In its immediacy of an abstract universal, it has not yet gathered itself, nor taken to its ground. It is a moment of pure nothing. It is what is first, or what is the predicate of a predicate reaching out to the external subject that has not yet actualized. It is empty, inactive. Although it has actuality in itself, it only does so in its own finitude.
In the movement of reflection, the determinations in which its Notion is actualized, a quantitative moment of content, the externality of the internal, the subjective and quantitative substance which gives being its mediated immediate, its self-contained, self-negating, differentiation which is actualized into the universal, albeit a universal which is a product of the individualization of itself and not necessarily the universal proper.
The true universal is the content of itself, its own space and time, taken by the judgment of reflection to be the nature and content of actuality, but an immanent actuality reflected from the subject and not the purely infinite universal.
Pure being, in its judgment of existence, is the first stage in the content of its determinate-ness. Within its judgment of reflection, that content transitions into a unity of universality and becomes being-for-self.

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