Phenomenology of Spirit: A. Consciousness

This will be the reading for November 16’s meeting.  We will meet at 4:00 at Cafe Boiling Pot.  Directions are here.

Through the first three sections, Hegel complicates what we usual think of as our most basic epistemological tools.  He begins with sense-certainty, which appears to be an obvious source of knowledge but turns out to be totally general and non-specific.  He moves to perception, which grasps at individual things ibut ends up with an unstable relation between objects and their properties, and finally the Understanding, which seeks the law behind all things and ends up with an inverted supersensible world.  Each form supersedes the one before; supersession both negates what is inessential and preserves what is essential.

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