How Does Recognition Emerge from Nature? The Genesis of Consciousness in Hegel’s Jena Writings

Critical Horizons 13 (2):176-196 (2012)
The paper proposes a reconstruction of some fragments of Hegel’s Jena manuscripts concerning the natural genesis of recognitive spiritual consciousness. On this basis it will be argued that recognition has a foothold in nature. As a consequence, recognition should not be understood as a bootstrapping process, that is, as a self-positing and self-justifying normative social phenomenon, intelligible within itself and independently of anything external to it.
Keywords Hegel  naturalism  spirit  boot-strapping  Recognition
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DOI 10.1558/crit.v13i2.176
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