David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (4):325-352 (2010)
Hegel's discussion of the concept of “habit” appears at a crucial point in his Encyclopedia system, namely, in the transition from the topic of “nature” to the topic of “spirit” (Geist): it is through habit that the subject both distinguishes itself from its various sensory states as an absolute unity (the I) and, at the same time, preserves those sensory states as the content of sensory consciousness. By calling habit a “second nature,” Hegel highlights the fact that incipient spirit retains a “moment” of the natural that marks a limitation compared to “pure thought” but that also makes perceptual consciousness possible. This makes Hegel's account analogous in important respects to John McDowell's “naturalism of second nature.” But Hegel's account of habit can be seen as a version of a Kantian synthesis of the productive imagination—and hence presupposes a given material that can become one's own by means of habit. This does not mean that Hegel falls into the Myth of the Given, but it does suggest that an appropriate account of second nature might be committed to something McDowell wants to deny: that nonconceptual states of consciousness play a role (even if not a justificatory role) in perception
|Keywords||habit subjective spirit perception imagination myth of the given|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Morris (2001). Lived Time and Absolute Knowing: Habit and Addiction From Infinite Jest to the Phenomenology of Spirit. Clio 30:375-415.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (2007). Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of Spirit 1827-. Oxford University Press.
Italo Testa (2012). Hegel's Naturalism, or Soul and Body in the Encyclopedia. In David Stern (ed.), Essays on Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit, SUNY Press Albany, New York (pp. 19-35). SUNY Press.
Thomas A. Lewis (2007). Speaking of Habits. The Owl of Minerva 39 (1-2):25-53.
Gavin Rae (2012). Hegel, Alienation, and the Phenomenological Development of Consciousness. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (1):23-42.
Paola Giacomoni (2008). Desire and Nature in Hegel's Philosophy. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 16:115-124.
Stephen Houlgate (2009). McDowell, Hegel and the Phenomenology of Spirit. The Owl of Minerva 41 (1/2):13-26.
Scott Johnston (2010). Dewey's 'Naturalized Hegelianism' in Operation: Experimental Inquiry as Self-Consciousness. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (3):453-476.
Italo Testa (2012). How Does Recognition Emerge From Nature? The Genesis of Consciousness in Hegel’s Jena Writings. Critical Horizons 13 (2):176-196.
Paul Redding (2011). The Relevance of Hegel’s “Absolute Spirit” to Social Normativity. In Heikki Ikäheimo & Arto Laitinen (eds.), Recognition and Social Ontology. Brill. 212--238.
Robert C. Solomon (1983). In the Spirit of Hegel: A Study of G.W.F. Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Oxford University Press.
Werner Marx (1975/1988). Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Commentary Based on the Preface and Introduction. University of Chicago Press.
Damion Buterin (2009). Knowledge, Freedom and Willing: Hegel on Subjective Spirit. Inquiry 52 (1):26 – 52.
Added to index2010-12-08
Total downloads60 ( #32,272 of 1,692,490 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #78,120 of 1,692,490 )
How can I increase my downloads?