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By Stephen Houlgate

Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit is perhaps his most famed paintings. First released in 1807, it has exercised massive impact on next thinkers from Feuerbach and Marx to Heidegger, Kojève, Adorno and Derrida. The booklet comprises many memorable analyses of, for instance, the grasp / slave dialectic, the sad cognizance, Sophocles' Antigone and the French Revolution and is without doubt one of the most vital works within the Western philosophical culture. it's, in spite of the fact that, a tough and tough e-book and desires to be studied including a transparent and available secondary textual content. Stephen Houlgate's Reader's consultant bargains assistance on: Philosophical and old context
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His claim is that it now enters into the distinctive way of knowing that characterizes philosophy. This way of knowing is the one in which the clear distinction between the knower and the known – between certainty and truth – is dissolved or ‘overcome’ (§37/29). Precisely what that way of knowing will disclose the world to be remains to be discovered by philosophy. Phenomenology, however, has justified the philosophical way of knowing to natural consciousness by showing how the element of philosophy – the identity of thought and being – is made necessary by the experience of consciousness itself.

His task is then to think through, with a genuine openness of mind, the experience of such certainty and to discover where, if anywhere, that experience leads to. Chapter three Reading the text The Phenomenology is meant to show how the experience of consciousness takes it from the standpoint of sense-certainty to that of absolute knowing. Hegel understood this development to be driven forward by the logic that is inherent in the experience of consciousness. In what follows, I have concentrated on trying to make this logic as clear as possible.

We are forced to conclude, therefore, that this ‘truth’ ‘has become stale [schal]’ (§95/71). This experiment seems curious, since it does not initially appear to demonstrate anything that sense-certainty would find problematic. After all, sense-certainty never claimed that it would be true to say it is night during the day! It becomes clear from §96, however, that Hegel’s real aim is to show, not just that what was written down becomes stale over time, but that, as night gives way to day, sensecertainty actually remains conscious of the very same thing.

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