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Hegel’s Psychology And Spirit

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The "Phenomenology of Spirit" (1910) was Hegel's first published book. The narrative is the only point in Hegel's entire corpus in which he uses the device of a foundation myth or a narrative of any kind. Consistent with his method of immanent critique, Hegel used the same device as those he was critiquing, making the point that "man was born in chains but everywhere he is free," at least in countries where there is a state; servitude is natural and freedom is an achievement of civilization. This passage is a florid and engaging piece of literature and the author comes to an interpretation presently. Hegel's psychology is part of his Subjective Spirit (1971). Subjective Spirit is the form of life which rests on people's relations with their immediate environment: social, artificial and natural, unmediated by law or the state, in a 'natural' division of labor rather than a market economy.

Keywords: Hegel; psychology; Subjective Spirit



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