The Phenomenology of Mind

Hegel, G.W.F.
Publisher:  Harper Torchbooks, New York
Year Published:  1807
Pages:  814pp     Dewey:  142.7
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX6487

The birthplace and essence of Hegel's dialectic.

Marx called Hegel's Phenomenology "the true birthplace and secret of Hegel's philosophy".
Hegel seeks to show that all human intellectual development up to now is the logically necessary working out of Mind or Spirit coming to know itself. The logic of this process is, however, not the traditional logic of the syllogism, but rather Hegel's own dialectical logic. In dialectical logic, we start from a given position and then we find that this position contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction, in the form of an internal contradiction. This leads to a new position which in time also turns out to be one-sided and unstable, leading to the emergence of a new synthesis.

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