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14. The Dialectic of Normative Attitudes in Hegel’s Lordship and Bondage

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Hegel's famous chapter Lordship and Bondage has advanced to one of the most intensively discussed passages in the reception history of the Phenomenology of Spirit, both, in its original version from 1806/07 as well as the compact and modified version in the Encyclopedia. The "history of self-consciousness" is a systematic exposition of the human cognitive faculties organized in a specific way. Inspired by de Condillac's famous thought experiment of an inanimate, insentient being that acquires the senses one after another and thus gradually awakes to sentient life the German Idealists develop the concept of a systematic exposition of the human cognitive faculties in the form of a successive acquisition of these faculties. In all types of the history of self-consciousness, Fichte's, Schelling's, and Hegel's, the whole process of the education of the natural consciousness is monitored by a specific instance to which in Düsings words, one refers as "reflecting consciousness".

Keywords: de Condillac; Encyclopedia; Hegel; human cognitive faculties; Phenomenology of Spirit; Schelling; self-consciousness



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