In the Consciousness chapter, Hegel presents two naive approaches to the picture of how consciousness interfaces reality. Hegel shows these approaches are inadequate in the endeavor of consciousness examining itself. In section 3 he provides a more subtle description (involving "Force") which avoids these inadequacies.

Are there any Things which Hegel's construction fails to enable consciousness to examine, or will it enable conclusive examination of any Thing (according to a Hegelian)?


I think we must look at to the concept of "Alientation" in Consciousness.

Stanley Rosen: Alientation occurs when Consciousness fails to undrestand the objects it creates are externalisations of its own subjectivity.

Louis Dupré: Alientation occurs when when Consciousness is unable to recognize itself in a particular form which it knows to be its own and so fail to undrestand the the Alientation does not need to be explicitly experienced by Consciousness.

Book: G.Rae, Realizing Freedom: Hegel, Sartre and the Alienation of Human Being.


Timothy L. Brownlee, Alienation and Recognition in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit,The Philosophical Forum, Volume 46, Issue 4.

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