Hegel Reflects on Remembering

The Owl of Minerva 25 (2):141-146 (1994)

A silver anniversary is the moment for a first backward look. Still too early for a recall of the past as past it nevertheless invites an initial reflection on a still uncompleted course. Rather than recapitulating our short past I decided to turn to Hegel’s own thoughts about remembering. Not much has appeared in The Owl about memory in Hegel’s philosophy, least of all about his early encounter with the idea in the romantic classicism of his friend Hölderlin. Yet memory has occupied a central position in Hegel’s philosophy. It played a crucial role not only in the Tübingen fragments and the Jena Phenomenology, but still in the Berlin Philosophy of Spirit. This commemoration presents no occasion for a fundamental study of Hegel’s theory nor does The Owl’s anniversary issue offer the space for it. In the following pages I intend to do no more than evoke Hegel’s awakening to the idea of recollection and his development of it both in his discussion of the Greek religion of beauty in the Phenomenology and in the Encyclopedia section on the psychology of the subjective spirit.
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DOI 10.5840/owl199425222
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