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5. The Metaphysics of Recognition: On Hegel’s Concept of Self-Consciousness in the Phenomenology of Spirit

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This chapter focuses on Hegel's metaphysical position that justifies the epistemological and socio-theoretical implications. The author presents the view that Hegel further develops the Kantian idea that we cannot perceive unity, but only think it. Nonetheless, the entire concept of freedom presupposes a unity of form and content which is unobtainable by theoretical reflection and can only be indicated as the immediate practical standpoint of the free agent. In pointing out that Kant's critical philosophy is not critical enough because it does not reflect on the nature of the categories, Hegel legitimizes his project of the Science of Logic (SoL), which can be regarded as Hegel's version of the Kantian project of the critique of pure reason. Hegel's self-consciousness presents an alternative to the idea of the self-contained oneness of the absolute. He introduces a different idea of selfhood which he calls 'recognition'.

Keywords: concept of recognition; Hegel's concept of self-consciousness; Kantian philosophy; Science of Logic (SoL)



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