Hegel, alienation, and the phenomenological development of consciousness
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International Journal of Philosophical Studies
While it has long been recognized that the concept alienation plays a crucial role in Hegels Phenomenology of Spirit and indeed his overall philosophical project, too often commentators simply note its importance without providing an in-depth discussion of this important concept. I aim to remedy this by providing an extended discussion of the role that alienation plays in the phenomenological development of consciousness. To do so, I first, briefly, outline the project that Hegel undertakes in the Phenomenology of Spirit, before undertaking an analytic of the concept alienation to show that: (a) Hegel distinguishes between alienation as estrangement (Entfremdung) and alienation as externalisation (Entasserung); and (b) the two senses of the term are intimately, if differently, related to concepts such as objectivity and objectification. I then show that, while he recognizes that the experience of alienation may be an undesirable aspect of consciousnesss existence, Hegel maintains that experiencing a particular combination of the two senses of alienation allows consciousness to overcome its alienation. The conclusion drawn is that properly understanding Hegels subtle and multi-dimensional account of alienation provides us with insight into this concept, Hegels conception of consciousness, and his wider philosophical project. Â© 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
(2012). Hegel, alienation, and the phenomenological development of consciousness. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 20(1), 23–42.
"Hegel, alienation, and the phenomenological development of consciousness." International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 20,no. 1, 2012, pp. 23–42.