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This life which has returned to itself from the bias and finitude of cognition, and which by the activity of the notion has become identical with it, is the Speculative or Absolute Idea. The same thing is also true of Schelling. The result of the assimilation is not, as in the chemical process, a neutral product in which the independence of the two confronting sides is merged; but the living being shows itself as large enough to embrace its other which cannot withstand its power. For the animal the process of Kind is the highest point of its vitality. This universality is [b] also a specific universality. Tucker sums this up neatly. In Spinoza, who was especially addicted to the use of the geometrical method, we are at once struck by its characteristic formalism. It is, however, at once apparent that this turns things upside down, and that cognition, if its purpose be to take things as they are, thereby falls into contradiction with itself. A bad man is an untrue man, a man who does not behave as his notion or his vocation requires. It is only, however, when the living being is dead, that these two sides of the idea are different ingredients. And this work, which is the work of reason, is certainly not so easy as that of the understanding. While it surely cannot be traced back to Hegel alone, it is a very Hegelian idea. Free-market capitalism, a kind of abstract freedom, easily runs the risk of overly focusing on private (thesis) gains and its own interests. But that play of what is styled ‘construing’ is far from presenting this unity adequately, a unity which is none other than the notion properly so called: a perception is as little the concreteness of reason and the idea. The process of Kind brings it to a being of its own. Yet, like Plato's allegory of the cave, it seems to point in too many directions to allow a consensus about its meaning. (b) The Advance renders explicit the judgment implicit in the Idea. The interest lies in the whole movement. In this way life is essentially something alive, and in point of its immediacy this individual living thing. It has passed over into the idea of Will. Again, in respect of the matter or contents of the objects defined, there is no constraining necessity present. The Absolute is the universal and one idea, which, by an act of ‘judgment’, particularises itself to the system of specific ideas; which after all are constrained by their nature to come back to the one idea where their truth lies. They make a break in the strict sequence of their procedure, and assume whatever they require, though it be the reverse of what preceded, from some external quarter — opinion, perception, conception, or any other source. rules the immediate individual. The first form of the idea is Life: that is, the idea in the form of immediacy. Secondo Hegel l’Idea è il vero in sé e per sé.Con questo si vuole esprimere il fatto che qualcosa può avere verità solo in quanto è idea; e l’Idea è poi verità per corrispondenza del suo concetto e della sua realtà. None of the other specific notions exhibits this totality complete on both its sides as the notion itself and objectivity. Nothing however can subsist, if it be wholly devoid of identity between the notion and reality. Summary Having run through the basic types of recorded history, Hegel turns to the idea that history is essentially a rational process. In October, 1788 Hegel began studies at a theological seminary in Tübingen, the Tüberger Stift, where he became friends with the poet Hölderlin and philosopher Friedrich Schellin… Only the notion itself, however, is free and the genuine universal: in the Idea, therefore, the specific character of the notion is only the notion itself — an objectivity, viz. The truth which such Cognition can reach will therefore be only finite: the infinite truth (of the notion) is isolated and made transcendent, an inaccessible goal in a world of its own. The process of knowledge eventuates in the restoration of the unity enriched by difference. If the world then were as it ought to be, the action of Will would be at an end. The passage, as will be apparent on a closer examination, means that the universal, to be truly apprehended, must be apprehended as subjectivity, as a notion self-moving, active, and form-imposing. The abuses which these methods with their formalism once led to in philosophy and science have in modern times been followed by the abuses of what is called ‘Construction’. Still in its external action cognition stands under the guidance of the notion, and notional principles form the secret clue to its movement. For Hegel there is the constituting, indeed constitutive role of the idea in this absolute sense of idealism. Every individual being is some one aspect of the Idea: for which, therefore, yet other actualities are needed, which in their turn appear to have a self-subsistence of their own. The latter starts from the individual, and proceeds to the universal; in the former the starting-point is given by the universal (as a definition), from which we proceed by particularising (in division) to the individual (the theorem). But, in the second place, the understanding believes its ‘reflection’ that the self-identical Idea contains its own negative, or contains contradiction — to be an external reflection which does not lie within the Idea itself. Such a view must be abandoned to those theories which ascribe so-called reality and genuine actuality to the existent thing and all the other categories which have not yet penetrated as far as the Idea. And the world of spirit and the world of nature continue to have this distinction, that the latter moves only in a recurring cycle, while the former certainly also makes progress. The Absolute Idea is, in the first place, the unity of the theoretical and practical idea, and thus at the same time the unity of the idea of life with the idea of cognition. Hegel and the Journey of the Idea. To that end, however, there is required an effort to keep back the incessant impertinence of our own fancies and private opinions. Hegel: The Idea of the Subject. Race, understood by Hegel as the “immediate soul” not yet separated from its “natural mode”, is “subordinate to the concept of spirit, thought and freedom”. To that extent a division, in the first instance, has three members: but as particularity exhibits itself as double, the division may go to the extent even of four members. It is too late now to ask for proof that the Idea is the truth. Or it leaves the concrete thing as a ground, and by setting aside the unessential-looking particulars, brings into relief a concrete universal, the Genus, or Force and Law. Really that procedure is active. Seeing that the immanent dialectic only states explicitly what was involved in the immediate notion, this advance is Analytical; but seeing that in this notion this distinction was not yet stated, it is equally Synthetic. The richer the object to be defined is, that is, the more numerous are the aspects which it offers to our notice, the more various are the definitions we may frame of it. If this condition be satisfied, the division is natural and not merely artificial, that is to say, arbitrary. Division we are told ought to be complete. M. Inwood's A Hegel Dictionary is excellent for this purpose and remains invaluable at all stages in the study of Hegel. The Idea is essentially a process, because its identity is the absolute and free identity of the notion, only in so far as it is absolute negativity and for that reason dialectical. At the same time, in so far as this judgment is pure distinguishing within its own limits (§ 223), the idea realises in one both itself and its other. It is only in them altogether and in their relation that the notion is realised. It no less mistakes the relation between them, even when it has been expressly stated. 273-87. (2) But the judgment of the notion proceeds, as free, to discharge the objective or bodily nature as an independent totality from itself; and the negative relation of the living thing to itself makes, as immediate individuality, the presupposition of an inorganic nature confronting it. The reconciliation is achieved when Will in its result returns to the presupposition made by cognition. Using this “speculative reason” (i.e. The subjective idea as original and objective determinateness, and as a simple uniform content, is the Good. Reason comes to the world with an absolute faith in its ability to make the identity actual, and to raise its certitude to truth; and with the instinct of realising explicitly the nullity of that contrast which it sees to be implicitly null. Will looks upon the immediate and given present not as solid being, but as mere semblance without reality. While Intelligence merely proposes to take the world as it is, Will takes steps to make the world what it ought to be. To supply the materials, which form the middle terms, is the office of Construction: and the process of mediation itself, from which cognition derives the necessity of that nexus, is the Demonstration. It is a Theorem. This is the task assigned to philosophy. The religious mind, on the contrary, views the world as ruled by Divine Providence, and therefore correspondent with what it ought to be. The idea exists free for itself, in so far as it has universality for the medium of its existence — as objectivity itself has notional being — as the idea is its own object. We regard the world also as ruled by Divine Providence: implying that the scattered and divided parts of the world are continually brought back, and made conformable, to the unity from which they have issued. It would be an abstract form, only if the notion, which is its principle, were taken as an abstract unity, and not as the negative return of it into self and as the subjectivity which it really is. The object which is subjected to analysis is treated as a sort of onion from which one coat is peeled off after another. The universal idea, the superior form of the Spirit, is at the end of the process, the absolute term. To Hegel, Jesus. The general answer to this question is to say, that definitions originate by way of analysis. The Idea is the Truth: for Truth is the correspondence of objectivity with the notion — not of course the correspondence of external things with my conceptions, for these are only correct conceptions held by me, the individual person. Understanding may demonstrate that the Idea is self-contradictory: because the subjective is subjective only and is always confronted by the objective; because being is different from notion and therefore cannot be picked out of it; because the finite is finite only, the exact antithesis of the infinite, and therefore not identical with it; and so on with every term of the description. § 219. Hegel offers a synthesis of positive and negative freedom involving both service to the nation and the freedoms, diversity and pluralism of civil society. Learn more about Hegel… Analytical cognition deals with an object which is presented in detachment, and the aim of its action is to trace back to a universal the individual object before it. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a German philosopher who was widely known for his analytical and inter-disciplinary theories. Hegel arrived at the University of Jena in 1801, after Fichte had been driven out as an atheist in 1799, to be replaced by Schelling. He says, for instance, that substance is the causa sui. For Hegel, the “spe… The Idea is the dialectic which again makes this mass of understanding and diversity understand its finite nature and the pseudo-independence in its productions, and which brings the diversity back to unity. In fact, the concept of “recognition” is central to Hegel’s idea of freedom, as the moment at which a subject (thesis) no longer experiences outside reality (anti-thesis) as an alien world, but instead as one of his own projection and achievement (synthesis). Share with: Link: Copy link. Being different, these characteristics possess but a mediated identity. The conception is one attributed to Aristotle; but no man is further than Aristotle from such an outside theory of Cognition. Am I wrong to detect in this book a diffidence about the implied exorbitance of Hegel's position? In order to understand his philosophy of art, therefore, onemust understand the main claims of his philosophy as a whole. The former is the instinct of science after Truth, Cognition properly so called — the Theoretical action of the idea. But it is the notion of which Being is the negation: and the notion is completely self-identical in its otherness, and is the certainty of itself. Truth is at first taken to mean that I know how something is. The assimilation of the matter, therefore, as a datum, presents itself in the light of a reception of it into categories which at the same time remain external to it, and which meet each other in the same style of diversity. The defect of life lies in its being only the idea implicit or natural: whereas cognition is in an equally one-sided way the merely conscious idea, or the idea for itself. ®, The Idea is essentially a process, because its identity is the absolute and free identity of the notion, only in so far as it is absolute negativity and for that reason dialectical. In this way, Hegel still provides a radical critique of the liberal idea of freedom: the idea that one should be able to do what one likes, as long as one doesn’t violate the freedom of others. Hegel: Glossary (from Sebastian Gardner) It is extremely useful to have access to a guide to Hegel's philosophical terminology. The relation of these two ideas, which implicitly and as life are identical, is thus one of correlation: and it is that correlativity which constitutes the characteristic of finitude in this sphere. That these methods, however indispensable and brilliantly successful in their own province, are unserviceable for philosophical cognition, is self-evident. The reasons for this are complex, and have to do with th… It no less mistakes the relation between them, even when it has been expressly stated. The process of life consists in getting the better of the immediacy with which it is still beset: and this process, which is itself threefold, results in the idea under the form of judgment, i.e. Being therefore is the notion implicit, before it has been explicitly put as a notion. And yet, again, everything actual, in so far as it is true, is the Idea, and has its truth by and in virtue of the Idea alone. They are however active syllogisms or processes; and in the subjective unity of the vital agent make only one process. It is its own content, in so far as it ideally distinguishes itself from itself, and the one of the two things distinguished is a self-identity in which however is contained the totality of the form as the system of terms describing its content. Enjoying however an absolute liberty, the Idea does not merely pass over into life, or as finite cognition allow life to show in it: in its own absolute truth it resolves to let the ‘moment’ of its particularity, or of the first characterisation and other-being, the immediate idea, as its reflected image, go forth freely as Nature. Yet he persists in using the term theodicy, and in defining his philosophy of history as a theodicy of sorts. In the sphere of mind trichotomy is predominant, a circumstance which Kant has the credit for bringing into notice. The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807), considered Hegel’s magnus opus, is the epistemological foundation that explains the way we could gain knowledge of this system. Hegel’s critique of liberal economics follows the same line of argumentation (this is no coincidence, as Hegel’s system helps to deduce the Hegelian position in debates). In the first place, cognition is analytical. This contradiction presents itself to imagination as an endless progress in the actualising of the Good; which is therefore set up and fixed as a mere ‘ought’, or goal of perfection. The truth, indeed, is that Nature is posited by Spirit, and Spirit itself in turn, uses Nature as its presupposition. It is easy work for the understanding to show that everything said of the Idea is self-contradictory. Philosophical method is analytical as well as synthetic, not indeed in the sense of a bare juxtaposition or mere alternating employment of these two methods of finite cognition, but rather in such a way that it holds them merged in itself. Ethical life is a given cultural expression of Spirit,the collective entity that transcends all individuals and determinestheir beliefs and actions whether they are aware of it or not. Last of all comes the discovery that the whole evolution is what constitutes the content and the interest. A vital agent only exists as this continually self-renewing process within its own limits. This position in its ‘practical’ bearings is the one taken by the philosophy of Kant, and even by that of Fichte. the Idea, of the unity of the notion and objectivity, In point of form however this contradiction vanishes when the action supersedes the subjectivity of the purpose, and along with it the objectivity, with the contrast which makes both finite; abolishing subjectivity as a whole. But when the soul has fled from the body, the elementary powers of objectivity begin their play. There are two judgments, which though implicitly identical are not yet explicitly put as identical. G.W.F. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (often known as G. W. F. Hegel or Georg Hegel) (1770 - 1831) was a German philosopher of the early Modern period. Truth in the deeper sense consists in the identity between objectivity and the notion. Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit has acquired a paradoxical reputation as one the most important and most impenetrable and inconsistent philosophical works. This corporeity, as an aggregate of correlations, enters in its very nature into difference and opposition of its elements, which mutually become each other’s prey, and assimilate one another, and are retained by producing themselves. Returning to the claim Hegel wasn't too keen on the idea of free will.. Let's look at this from both potential problems. The particularising of this Kind is the relation of the living subject to another subject of its Kind: and the judgment is the tie of Kind over these individuals thus appointed for each other. The name ‘Construction (construing) of notions’ has since been given to a sketch or statement of sensible attributes which were picked up from perception, quite guiltless of any influence of the notion, and to the additional formalism of classifying scientific and philosophical objects in a tabular form on some presupposed rubric, but in other respects at the fancy and discretion of the observer. If this condition be satisfied, the division is natural and not merely artificial, that is to say, arbitrary. So, too, the content of the absolute idea is the whole breadth of ground which has passed under our view up to this point. This will explain how it happens that people quarrel about the correctness of proposed definitions; for here everything depends on what perceptions we started from, and what points of view we had before our eyes in so doing. In this manner however the idea of life has thrown off not some one particular and immediate ‘This’, but this first immediacy as a whole. But that can quite as well be retaliated, or rather in the Idea the retaliation is actually made. As the Idea is (b) subjectivity, it follows that the expression is equally false on another account. Hegel and the Journey of the Idea. All that was meant by the phrase was that mathematics has not to do with notions, but with abstract qualities of sense-perceptions. The idea that is realized within Hegel’s philosophy is the idea of freedom: consciousness that progressively gains more insight into reality and its working, thus increasingly experiencing the world as a place in which it recognizes itself. The reception of the object into the forms of this notion is the Synthetic Method. It is by the notion alone that the things in the world have their subsistence; or, as it is expressed in the language of religious conception, things are what they are, only in virtue of the divine and thereby Creative thought which dwells within them. 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