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

By Michael Inwood

Michael Inwood, an eminent student of German philosophy, offers a whole and certain new remark on a vintage paintings of the 19th century. Philosophy of brain is the 3rd a part of Hegel's Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, during which he summarizes his philosophical process. it's one of many major pillars of his suggestion. Inwood provides the transparent and cautious tips wanted for an realizing of this hard paintings. In his editorial creation he deals a philosophically subtle assessment of Hegel's rules which incorporates a survey of the full of his suggestion and distinctive research of the terminology he used.

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I). ‘Idea’ is Idee, a word that is, in Hegel’s usage, distinct in meaning from Vorstellung, ‘representation, idea’. Roughly, a Vorstellung is an idea in one’s mind, while an Idee is more like an objective Platonic idea. ) In Hegel’s official usage an Idee is a ‘concept’ (Begriff) together with its corresponding ‘reality’. An analogy that he often uses is this: a concept is like the plan or code embedded in a seed, while the full-grown tree actualizes the plan in the seed. Hegel often calls the logical Idea ‘the concept’, since in relation to nature and mind it is somewhat like an undeveloped seed.

Then we shall not regard the secular world as a properly independent world. We shall see the hand of gods or God everywhere, and neglect the scientific exploration of the natural world and the secular development of the world of mind. In contrast to each of these errors, Christianity—especially, in Hegel’s view, Lutheran Christianity—distinguishes the two realms, but establishes an intelligible rational relationship between them. It inspires us to explore the world of nature for its own sake, guided by our religious beliefs but not overwhelmed by them.

The development is logical or, as Hegel says, ‘eternal’. Despite this internal development, the logical Idea is still ‘comparatively abstract’, because it has yet to ‘actualize’ itself in the world, namely in nature and mind. The way in which this actualization occurs is mysterious, but it is, in Hegel’s view, prefigured and explained by the internal development of the logical Idea. (In Enc. ) Enc. II has already dealt with its actualization in nature. About mind, Hegel makes two claims. First, the mind, ‘finite’ mind (roughly, the individual mind and also society, §§387–552) as well as ‘absolute’ mind (art, religion, and philosophy, §§553–77), is an actualization of the logical Idea.

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