A Reading of Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit by Quentin Lauer

By Quentin Lauer

Quentin Lauer is without doubt one of the top writers on Hegel. learn his different books too. particularly the "Essays in Hegelian Dialectic" between others.

Hegel is tough to appreciate at the beginning, Mr. Lauer makes the duty a piece more uncomplicated. even supposing extra introductory fabrics should be wanted for many readers prior to this one is learn.

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If consciousness does not reflect on itself, turning back, so to speak, to look more carefully at what it itself contributes to the apprehension of its object, it is condemned to remain caught up in the illusion of a worthless certainty, which cannot be equated with knowing. What is more, the movement from direct apprehension to reflection, which Hume had interpreted to be a move away from reality, is seen to be a move toward reality. Perception reveals that a mere apprehending of things is an impossibility; consciousness of things is an interacting with things, or it is nothing.

58 The section on the Unhappy Consciousness is intended by Hegel to serve as a transition from inadequately rational forms of self-consciousness to that genuinely rational form which can take upon itself responsibility for its world of objectivity. "59 If consciousness is to effect this unity with itself, it must first experience a going outside itself, so to speak, in order to come to terms singly with the two poles which are to be reconciled. By so doing it relinquishes a part of itself, putting the responsibility for itself on another whom it projects.

Like a child, the Skeptic embraces contradiction for its own sake, contradicting whatever is said even if it agrees with what he himself has saidand he cannot live that way (p. 158/250/205). The "essentially self-contradictory consciousness" has to contradict itself, has to experience itself as self-affirming, the one source of its own thinking, and yet as producing hopeless confusion (p. 158/250/206). What it comes down to is that the Skeptic cannot successfully be a Skeptic. He cannot have it both ways, cannot say "I'm right, and you're wrong," because a condition for being a Skeptic is that he also say the reverse.

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