Essays on Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: State University of New York Press
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The present volume of essays is the first English-language collection devoted to Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. The Philosophy of Subjective Spirit is the first section of the third part of Hegel’s Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences. First published in 1817, Hegel published two additional editions of the Encyclopedia in his lifetime, one in 1827 and ...
Anthropology, Geist, and the Soul-Body Relation
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Introduced and defined as the “truth” of nature and thereby set unquestionably much “higher” than nature,1 Hegel’s concept of Geist does not cease to be determined throughout its development in relation to nature. While nature is indeed “sublated” in and by Geist, it is never entirely left behind in the articulation of spirit’s reality. Freedom is spirit’s most proper character,...
Hegel’s Naturalism or Soul and Body in the Encyclopedia
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The relation between soul and body, understood as a problem that demands a response through a constructive philosophical theory—capable of accounting for the possibility of the relation itself—never received full and systematic treatment in Hegel’s work. Even though he did dedicate a great deal of space in his writings to the notions of ...
How the Dreaming Soul Became the Feeling Soul, between the1827 and 1830 Editions of Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit
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Between the second, 1827, edition of his Encyclopedia of Philosophical Sciences and the ultimate 1830 edition, Hegel made a number of what might be considered minor changes, particularly in comparison with the extensive revisions undertaken between the first, 1817, edition and the second, “mature, if penultimate formulation,” as Robert Williams ...
The Dark Side of Subjective Spirit
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Hegel’s treatment of animal magnetism constitutes one of the most extensive discussions of any topic in the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. That Hegel took a strong interest in such an unusual subject is never denied by scholars—but seldom also do they consider what its true importance is for Hegel’s philosophy. In this chapter I will present an overview of Hegel’s...
Hegel on the Emotions
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Emotion remains one of the most hotly contested issues not only in contemporary philosophy, but in psychology and the biological sciences as well.1 Simply put: What is emotion? What function does it play? Are emotions only instincts and physiological processes, or do they have a distinct intentional content irreducible to bodily affections? That emotions help...
Awakening to Madness and Habituationto Death in Hegel’s “Anthropology”
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In this chapter I will examine sleeping and waking in Hegel, including madness, which is, I will argue, not just sleeping while awake, but sleeping in virtue of the character of the awakening. Thus, the condition of sleeping while awake cannot be corrected through another awakening. Sleep and waking belong to Hegel’s discussion of the natural soul in the “Anthropology”...
Awakening from Madness
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Understanding the relationship between spirit and nature has been one of the most perplexing problems of philosophy. Hegel’s original idea, or so I want to argue in this chapter, consists in not conceiving of the move from sensing to free thinking as a straightforward progression in which the authority of nature is replaced by that of spirit. Free thinking cannot be ...
Between Nature and Spirit
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Hegel’s discussion of habit takes place at two critical junctures in his work. In the Philosophy of Right it occurs in a well-known paragraph at the outset of the discussion of ethical life. Habit in this context is used to show the limitations of Kantian autonomy and morality as a model for the kind of freedom possible in a modern society. The second juncture, which has...
The “Struggle for Recognition” and the Thematization of Intersubjectivity
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Although Hegel’s concept of recognition and its significance for the account of intersubjectivity became a central topic for many recent publications of Hegel scholars, there is a noticeable deficiency in literature discussing this problematic on the material of Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit. In contrast to the vast amount of publications on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit of 1807, a good portion of which deals exclusively with questions of...
Freedom as Correlation
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In a recent essay, Robert Pippin asks, “What is the question for which Hegel’s Theory of Recognition is the answer?”1 His answer to this question is that recognition is bound up with the issue of the nature and possibility of freedom and that Hegel’s later writings are extensions, not repudiations, of his earlier Jena view. Pippin’s claims about the systematic connection...
Hegel’s Linguistic Thought in the Philosopy of Subjective Spirit
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Hegel’s only systematic treatment of linguistic issues occurs within the division of the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit entitled “Representation,” itself a subdivivion of “Psychology.” In the course of this discussion, Hegel specifically refers to Herder’s Metacritique and its linguistic attack on Kantian philosophy. This passage is worth quoting in full: ...
The Psychology of Willand the Deduction of Right
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Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit is perhaps the most neglected part of his system, and no portion of that work has lingered in deeper oblivion than its concluding section “Practical Intelligence.” That section, however, is doubly significant. First, Hegel’s account of “Practical Intelligence” provides an important contribution to comprehending will as it falls within the ...
The Relation of Mind to Nature
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The two paradigms that I propose to explore here are, somewhat loosely, the Hegelian, and a certain strand of the 20th-century analytic tradition. By “paradigm” I mean either a theoretical framework to govern empirical investigations of a problem, or, alternatively, a distinctive conceptual analysis or formulation of some problem. More generally, one might refer...
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Publication Year: 2012