chapter  Chapter Seven
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Crime and Truth

WithGreg Mogenson

Having briefly considered crime from the psychic side of the psychological difference, this chapter focuses on the psychological dimension that may sometimes also be involved. It describes the kind of criminal case that was variously described by C. G. Jung in his “Crime and the Soul” article. A rigorous process of discernment, such as a trial is meant to provide, is required to determine whether in its essence the witnessed action can be ruled a crime or not. The chapter presents some hints with respect to the positive, or as this might also be called, the prospective significance of the negatively infinite judgment. Following upon the affirmative and singularly negative forms of the qualitative judgment, the negatively infinite judgment was said by G. W. F. Hegel to bring out the finitude and the untruth of the kinds of statement that make up the greater part of a people’s ordinary discourse.