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By Quentin Lauer

Quentin Lauer is among the most sensible writers on Hegel. learn his different books too. particularly the "Essays in Hegelian Dialectic" between others.

Hegel is hard to appreciate first and foremost, Mr. Lauer makes the duty a section more straightforward. even if extra introductory fabrics should be wanted for many readers ahead of this one is learn.

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Servile consciousness, as we saw, denied its subjection to the master only to the extent of becoming a slave to its own stubbornness, "the freedom which latches on to one single thing" (p. 153/244/199). In so doing, however, it is able to recognize that, while the work forced upon it by the master is not free, the thought which goes into the work is. If this becomes more than the attitude of the isolated slave and is to take on the form of a consciousness common to an age, it will be ''in an age of universal fear and slavery, but also in one of universal education," an age "which had raised education to the level of thinking" (p.

The master it now serves is itself, but it continues to do the same old things. In this movement consciousness is not only doubled, but its two aspects contradict each other; it is at once the immutable source of its own determinations and changing with each determination. "We" can see both that the reconciliation of the two contradictory aspects must be effected within the unity of one consciousness and that the possibility of this reconciliation is revealed in "the concept of spirit come alive and entering into existence" (p.

441-43. 41Dokumente zu Hegels Entwicklung, p. 110. Â < previous page < previous page page_126 page_127 next page > next page > Page 127 recognizes, the other is recognized. 42 Before facing the challenge of another consciousness, self-consciousness finds all the recognition it wants in itself. This does not mean that there is no other consciousness, simply that this other does not count; it is "inessential" (p. 143/231/186). If there is another, it is equally isolated, independent, self-contained; each is for the other, as Sartre would complain, simply an object; or, as Hegel has it, they walk onto the stage of life as "independent figures" (Gestalten) (p.

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