CHAPTER The ‘Resumption of the Whole into One’

H. S. Harris

in Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)

Published in print November 1983 | ISBN: 9780198246541
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680991 | DOI:
CHAPTER The ‘Resumption of the Whole into One’

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In the ‘Natural Law’ lectures, Hegel passed straight from political theory to the evolution of religious consciousness. This chapter examines the life story of God, the triangulation of the Trinity, the motion of the triangles, the half-triangles of Cognition, and the ‘Resting Square’. The moving principle of natural ethics is the singular consciousness of the individual. As that consciousness matures, the individual becomes aware that he lives, moves, and has his being in a naturally given whole that expresses his nature as a rational being. This natural whole is the family. The most important speculative interpretation of the Trinity that Hegel attempted in this period was probably contained in the lost manuscript on the ‘Triangle of triangles’.

Keywords: God; triangulation; Trinity; triangular motion; Cognition; resting square; natural ethics

Chapter.  15892 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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