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Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" - Ethical Self-Consciousness
Pages 15 (3765 words)
Introduction In this paper, I will show that Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, is a discourse in which, the author has tried to achieve the in-achievable by attempting to break and transcend the limits of human reason. Though Hegel is well-aware of this existential limitation, still he has chased the dream of crossing that limit and succeeded though partially.
This book analyses history and evolution of human consciousness not in a systematic chronological order but through exploring selected phases and moments from it. Drawing from Budhha, Hegel has attempted to delineate the step by step evolution of human mind as a growth from a lower state to a higher one. In the preface, it is stated that “the self-conscious spirit”, in other words, human self-awareness that is pregnant with the awareness about the world, has never been static and that it has evolved a path in which it shed its substantial life behind and entered a state where “an insubstantial reflection of itself into itself ” had happened (Hegel, 4). The consequent “lost sense of solid and substantial being” suffered by self-conscious spirit, is what according to Hegel, has to provoke the philosophy of his times to interfere with a new range of explanations (Hegel, 4). And this is what Hegel saw as the relevance of his book. All the same, Hegel has alerted that such attempts should stay away from the act of “edifying” as it would lead to dreaming rather than understanding the whole truth. The Method Firt, I will try to explain the method of Hegel and then move on to show that his method itself is bound by the limits of reason. ...
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