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Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit

by Kathleen Dow Magnus

  • ISBN: 9780791450451
  • ISBN10: 0791450457

Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit

by Kathleen Dow Magnus

  • List Price: $62.50
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
  • Publish date: 08/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780791450451
  • ISBN10: 0791450457
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Description: Foreword by Stephen Houlgate Acknowledgments A Note on the Textual Sources Abbreviations of Hegelian Texts Cited Introduction I. Derrida''s provocation A. Metaphor and philosophy B. Spirit''s use of the sign II. The need to consider the symbolic A. Other commentators on Hegel and the symbol B. Spirit''s symbolic self-determination in the imagination, art, and religion III. Hegel''s idea of spirit A. Neither right nor left B. Spirit''s identity and difference 1. The Symbol and the Sign in Hegel''s Philosoph y I. Basic Terminology A. The symbol and the sign in the Hegelian text B. Twentieth-century understandings of the symbol and the sign II. Can philosophy conceive the symbolic? A. Conscious symbolism of the comparative type B. Metaphor in philosophical aesthetics 2. The Means to Theoretical Self-Determination I. The rise of the symbol and sign-making capacities (Or, does spirit consume the sensuous?) A. Intuition ( Anschauung) B. Representation (Vorstellung) II. From symbol to sign: a different kind of difference (Or, is the sign a transparent means of spirit?) A. The imagination''s creation of symbols and signs B. The importance of the sign and the symbol III. Sign of memory (Gedachtnis) and language (Sprache) (Or, how does the intelligence determine the "other"?) A. Names, meaning, and existence B. The symbol and the sign as elements of language IV. The loss of meaning and the transition to thought (Or, how can spirit make itself be?) A. Mechanical memory B. Spirit''s theoretical determination 3. Spirit''s Symbolic Self-Presentation in Art I. Art in general A. Art as the presentation of spirit B. Art as symbolic C. Art as necessary and dissolving II. The symbolic form of art A. Symbolic art''s lack with respect to art''s ideal B. The different forms of symbolic art C. The importance of these symbolic forms III. The classical form of art A. The supersession of symbolic art''s deficiencies B. Symbolic elements of classical art IV. The romatic form of art A. Romantic art as a spirit advance B. Symbolic elements of romantic art V. The "end" of art? A. Art''s dissolution B. Art''s (symbolic) absoluteness 4. Spirit''s Symbolic Self-Representation in Religion I. Religious consciousness as symbolic A. Pre-representational forms of religious consciousness B. Religious representation and the symbolic II. Symbolic elements of finite religions A. Indian religion, the religion of imagination (Phantasie) B. Egyptian religion, the religion of riddles (Ratsel) C. Greek religion, the religion of beauty (Schonheit) D. Jewish religion, the religion of sublimity (Erhabenheit) III. Symbolic elements of absolute religion A. Absolute versus finite religions B. The Christian conception of the trinity C. The Christian conception of the incarnation D. Community, tradition, and interpretation IV. The human, the divine, and the symbolic A. The need for the symbolic B. The unity of the human and the divine 5. The Process of Philosophy and Spirit''s Symbolic Mediation I. Philosophy and the symbol A. The transparency of thought: philosophy, logic, and truth B. The double meaning of meaning II. Philosophy in relation to art and religion A. Philosophy''s comprehension of art and religion B. Spirit''s need to be in an other form III. Hegel''s idea of spirit A. Genuine self-determination B. The process is the result Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
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