Hegel’s Recollection: A Study of Images in the Phenomenology by Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral

By Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy Donald Phillip Verene

Donald Phillip Verene has complicated a totally new interpreting of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. He exhibits that the philosophic that means of this paintings relies as a lot on Hegel’s use of metaphor and snapshot because it does on Hegel’s dialectical and discursive descriptions of varied levels of attention. the point of interest is on Hegel’s notion of recollection (Erinnerung). realization confronts itself with the purpose of attaining absolute figuring out. this is often the 1st observation to treat metaphor, irony, and reminiscence as keys to the knowledge of Hegel’s easy philosophical place.

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In between October and January Hegel wrote the Preface. I mention these well-known facts to suggest that Hegel, like the Enlightenment minds of Lambert and Kant before him, conceived phenomenology to be a brief negative science that would clear the way for an account of truth or the principles of truth. The result was different. Once undertaken systematically the doctrine of Schein consumed the whole of Hegel's original attempt at speculative philosophy. Schein is a labyrinth, an Irrgarten, "garden of error," in which a sense of the unseen must always be present in order to find its pathway.

Lauer goes on to suggest that imagery, symbol, and metaphor are necessary not just for the comprehension of Hegel's text but for the comprehension of Hegel's subject itselfthe speculative understanding of history, reality, and spirit. I could not agree more. I do not mean that what I have said in this work is what Lauer intends. His views and mine are different. But his address states what is at issue in the reading of Hegel today. I wish to thank my students, who heard these lectures in an earlier version in my seminar on the Phenomenology during fall term 1980 at The Pennsylvania State University and during fall term 1983 at Emory University, whose combination of scepticism and appreciation has had a beneficial effect on my thinking.

Hegel separates the thought of Vorstellung, usually translated as "pictorial thinking," from the thought of absolute knowing, absolutes Wissen. Such pictorial thinking does not reveal the true. It does not allow the Begriff to confront and manifest itself in its own true form. Because of its involvement with the image, the thought of Vorstellung that we find in art and religion falls short of truly speculative thought. This is generally taken to mean that all involvement with the image is pursuit of a false absolute.

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