The Problem of Expression as the Problem of Reflection

Christopher Yeomans

in Freedom and Reflection

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794522
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919253 | DOI:
The Problem of Expression as the Problem of Reflection

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This chapter provides an interpretation to substantiate the claim that the problem of expression has a specific logical form for Hegel, and that this form is essentially concerned with forms of internality and externality. The chapter traces the development of this problem through the first book of the Logic, the Doctrine of Being, and shows how the problem is best articulated through the concept of reflection in the Doctrine of Essence. Then it proceeds to show how an important aspect of Hegel's theory of reflection – the idea that reflection creates its object in such a way that the object has an independence qua reflective – plays an important role in the development of Hegel's moral psychology as opposed to that of Kant.

Keywords: Hegel; reflection; Doctrine of Being; Doctrine of Essence; moral psychology; Kant; expression

Chapter.  15349 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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