Consciousness here at home.

Phenomenology of Spirit

Since I haven’t been contributing much I’ve decided to add a paper I wrote for a class on Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit I took at St. Edwards University, here in gorgeous Austin, TX. I found this paper as a page in a notebook. I don’t know where the original I turned in is, so I’m just typing it out here, editing as I go.

I open with a quote from section 134 of the Phenomenology of Spirit:

“The result…in it, the unity of ‘being for self’ and ‘being for another’ is posited; in other words, the absolute antithesis is posited a self-identical essence…dissolved.”

-So how do I say that simply?


It makes sense that the absolute antithesis would be a self-identical essence. The essence is the concern, (but not quite yet the question). Hegel wants you to know that ‘being for itself’ and ‘being for another’ is the way that consciousness negates a one-sided Notion. It negates the one-sided ‘knowing implicitly.’

Consciousness creates for itself objects to recognize as they are immediate; as objects are first realized. Consciousness knows immediately that some thing is. The object is for the sake of consciousness to become aware of as it is, also being immediate.

(I’m sure that makes sense to some people. I know the quote is too short but I don’t have it here, look it up it’s section 134 from Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. You would probably want to read it all in order to get a better understanding of what I’m saying. But it’s a pain in the ass to read.)

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