By Quentin Lauer

ISBN-10: 0823213552

ISBN-13: 9780823213559

Quentin Lauer is likely one of the most sensible writers on Hegel. learn his different books too. in particular the "Essays in Hegelian Dialectic" between others.

Hegel is tough to appreciate in the beginning, Mr. Lauer makes the duty a section more straightforward. even supposing extra introductory fabrics can be wanted for many readers ahead of this one is learn.

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145/234/188). ''Rugged individualism" is bound to come a cropper. What has to be overcome is the negative relationship of individuals which is only destructive; and in its place must stand the relationship which is at once negative and constructive (we see 44 It may seem strange here that Hegel speaks of a "person" who is not an authentically self-conscious being. " What Hegel refers to here is a person in the absolutely minimal sense of being recognized by law as capable of owning property (cf.

What has happened is that in the experience of consciousness which is self-consciousness is involved the realization that self-consciousness is nonsense if it is not that of a living being; life is essential to self-consciousness. Thus, to reflect on consciousness and leave life out of the picture is to have as an object "the simple I" (p. 145/234/189), an abstraction in need of mediation if it is to be concrete, and that mediation can be supplied only by another consciousness. The question remains open whether the mediation of a consciousness which is not also a self-consciousness is sufficient mediation.

Kelly, "Hegel's 'Lordship and Bondage,'" in MacIntyre, Hegel, passim). 43 As an illustration on a larger scale, we might take the American Declaration of Independence. America did not become independent by declaring itself to be so, but only by risking its life and thus bringing about a recognition of its independence. Â < previous page < previous page page_127 page_128 next page > next page > Page 128 has not risked his life may well be recognized as a person, but he has not attained to the truth of this recognition as the recognition of an independent self-consciousness" (p.

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