William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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For Hegel, Descartes' discovery of the subjective marked a new beginning for philosophy. After Descartes, Kant explored the nature and limitations of consciousness, but it was left to Hegel to examine the absoluteness of this knowledge. This chapter explores absolute awareness, noting the experience in general terms; the three principles of awareness in terms of concept, norm, and test; the nature of experience and dialectical movement; man; and philosophy. The second part of this chapter comments on the possible endorsement and criticisms Heidegger can make of Hegel. It concludes that Hegel culminated post-Cartesian subject-ism, in as far as he thought through the implications of truth as certitude to the level of absolute certitude in the self-awareness of the absolute subject.

Keywords: absolute awareness; philosophy; Hegel; experience; principle; certitude

Chapter.  11262 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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