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Self-Consciousness in the Natural World

Terry Pinkard

in Hegel's Naturalism

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860791
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860791.003.0003
Self-Consciousness in the Natural World

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The animal seeks to actualize its purposes in the world, and it is at one with itself by virtue of acting in terms of the law of its own nature. However, in drawing a normative line between the subjective and the objective, human agents make themselves at odds with themselves. When the very terms of entitlement itself become an issue for such agents, and when one of the agents stakes a claim to be setting the very rules of entitlement themselves and is so fanatical that he is willing to risk his life for such a status, a struggle occurs over who is to be master and who is to be the slave. However, the very idea that some have the ability to set the rules for others is reflectively unstable, and it forces a move to reason with its accompanying commitment to truth in intuition, representation, and judgment.

Keywords: mastery; servitude; slavery; self‐consciousness; intuition; representation; judgment; entitlement

Chapter.  25154 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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