A Commentary on Hegel's Philosophy of Mind by Michael J. Inwood

By Michael J. Inwood

Filenote: This name is the statement to the identify Hegel's Philosophy of Mind which i can't locate proof it's been ebookized (yet). This name starts off at web page 279 and ends with index on web page 680. So possibly the 2 titles are rather like 1 booklet. uncertain.
Publish yr note: First released in 2007
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Michael Inwood, an eminent pupil of German philosophy, offers an entire and exact new observation on a vintage paintings of the 19th century.

Philosophy of Mind is the 3rd a part of Hegel's Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, during which he summarizes his philosophical procedure. it's one of many major pillars of his idea. Inwood offers the transparent and cautious assistance wanted for an realizing of this tough paintings.

In his editorial creation he bargains a philosophically subtle overview of Hegel's principles which incorporates a survey of the complete of his idea and precise research of the terminology he used.

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By contrast, the lower stages of mind are not found separately, but only as ingredients in higher stages. It is not clear that this is true. Even if most stages of mind occur together, animals (and perhaps infants) have sense-perception, or at least sensation, while lacking higher stages of mind. g. our inability to sense stimuli above or below a certain level of intensity suggests that we have an ‘internal determinacy’ that animals lack, that we are less fully determined by our surroundings and our awareness more selective: see §401, n.

Hegel expresses this difference by saying Commentary 299 that the mind emerges from, or in, the death of the animal: Enc. I, §222, and also Enc. II, §376. This emergence is not ‘fleshly’, as if a mind emerged from a dead animal like a butterfly from a chrysalis. , a ‘development of the concept’. Nature culminates in two ‘one-sided’ aspects that it cannot fuse together: the individual animal and the universal genus that emerges in the death of its members. Mind, by contrast, combines universality and individuality.

381, n. 20. At the stage of absolute mind, by contrast, the multiplicity of the world is conceived as intrinsically unified and self-unifying. To discern this unity requires work on the part of the mind, but once it has done this work, it sees the world as a structured whole rather than a disorganized mess. We might ask why the mind needs religion and philosophy to see the world as an organized whole. ), stages of subjective mind that go beyond mere representation. Elsewhere, Hegel himself shows an awareness of the mind’s capacity to bring order into the world below the level of absolute mind: cf.

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