Challenges to the Rational Observation of Nature in the Phenomenology of Spirit

The Owl of Minerva 38 (1/2):35-56 (2006)

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Daniel Dahlstrom
Boston University
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This paper concerns Hegel’s much-neglected discussion of the rational observation of nature in the first part of the chapter on reason in the Phenomenology of Spirit. The paper focuses, in particular, on the themes of nature’s inexhaustibilit y, animal life’s holistic character, and the earth’s individual distinctiveness insofar as Hegel appeals to them to challenge a certain kind of self-understanding of what it means to observe nature rationally. In addition to examining the significance and trenchancy of this challenge, the paper inquires whether these same themes have implications for Hegel’s own philosophical understanding of reason as spirit.
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DOI owl2006/2007381/26
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