Why Are Two Consciousnesses Necessary For Self-Consciousness? Hegel’s claim that self-consciousness requires two (self-)consciousnesses is something I don’t think anyone should find convincing at the face of it, for I myself do not find it convincing without elaboration. Part of the issue that I think highly confuses … Continue reading Why Self-Consciousness Needs Two
Following from the development of life and self-consciousness, we now are at Hegel’s most well known and famous philosophical passage, the Master/Slave dialectic of self-consciousness. Like prior sections, this is going to be a long one. There is much here that deals with some very dense … Continue reading PhoS: The Master and Slave [Prt. 1]
Bernstein, in the first lecture part on the “Introduction” chapter in the Phenomenology, has this very interesting bit about this quote from Hegel near the end: “The Concept, when it has developed into a concrete existence that is itself free, is nothing other than the I, … Continue reading Comment: The Unity of Self, Concept, and the World
Following from my first post about dialectics as immanent critique, the most bare form of Hegel’s method, the second of my posts on this shall now concern one aspect of the general method. “But wait, A.W., didn’t you say that there isn’t a formulaic method to … Continue reading Hegel’s Form of Science
The method of the Phenomenology’s development is mysterious to the uninitiated, but even when you understand the movement of the method you cannot help but wonder: why this method with this content and in this manner? The lack of justification or explanation of the method in the … Continue reading PhoS: Is There Justification of Method?
The end of Force and the Understanding yielded the concept of Infinity, the self-differentiated unconditioned universal (what is later to be termed in the system as the concrete Universal). Not only did the object of the Understanding have the form of Infinity, but the consciousness which … Continue reading PhoS: Life, Desire, and Self-Consciousness
Our task is to discover the primordial, absolutely unconditioned first principle of all human knowledge. This can be neither proved nor defined, if it is to be an absolutely primary principle. —Fichte, Fundamental Principles Of The Entire Science Of Knowledge Outside of German Idealism enthusiasts, mainly scholars, there isn’t that … Continue reading Fichte’s Science of Knowledge: On The Self’s Necessary Necessity For Itself