A Hegel Dictionary (Blackwell Philosopher Dictionaries) by Michael Inwood

By Michael Inwood

This e-book presents a complete survey of Hegel's philosophical proposal through a scientific exploration of over a hundred key phrases, from `absolute' to `will'. via exploring either the etymological historical past of such phrases and Hegel's specific use of them, Michael Inwood clarifies for the fashionable reader a lot that has been considered as tough and vague in Hegel's paintings.

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Abstract and Concrete In the sixteenth century abstrahieren ('to abstract') was borrowed from the Latin abstrahere, literally 'to draw away, remove (something from something else)'. The past participle of abstrahere, abstractus, gave rise, in the eighteenth century, to abstrakt and das Abstrakte ('the abstract') to characterize the products of such abstraction (Abstraktion). Similarly, konkret and das Konkrete, derive from the past participle, concretus ('grown together, condensed'), of the Latin concrescere ('to grow together, condense').

In LA Hegel combines a systematic account of art with an account of its unfolding over history. Art is divided, first, into three main styles symbolic, classical and romantic and, second, into genres architecture, sculpture and painting, music and poetry. Historically, art falls into three main periods: the ancient Orient (especially Egypt), Greek and Roman antiquity, and Christian modernity. (These divisions, and their more detailed subdivisions, are intended to be conceptually, rather than empirically, grounded, and to depend ultimately on the conceptual system presented in the Logic.

Schacht also argues that the individual's alienation (2) of himself by the acquisition of culture is, on Hegel's view, the solution to alienation (1). But this is incorrect. Culture is as much the possession of the 'base', alienated individual (Rameau's nephew) as of anyone else: culture is the medium in which alienation (1) is played out, not the solution to it. Alienation (2) cannot resolve alienation (1), for two reasons: 1. Alienation (2) involves a genuine loss of individual integrity and independence, not simply a restoration of one's universal essence or real self: alienation (2) is only required of the individual in virtue of alienation (1), and the alienated (2) individual is a stranger to himself.

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