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The Phenomenology And ‘Formations Of Consciousness'

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In the "Phenomenology," Hegel shows how the normal, non-philosophical way of thinking and living rises to philosophy, in the form of his own mature philosophical system with a Logic. It is part of his mature work that represents the completion of the series of transformations which he went through in his early work, but it is almost unreadable and was written in a rush to meet the publisher's deadlines. Hegel says it is about consciousness. It tells the story of the journey of consciousness three times; the first time is the story of thinking as it develops down through history, through a series of distinct stages; then he tells the same story again but this time instead of systems of thinking, we have social formations and then the story is told again a third time from the standpoint of thought which understands itself to be that process and its outcome.

Keywords: Hegel; phenomenology; philosophical system; social formations



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