Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Jonathan Barnes

By Jonathan Barnes

The impact of Aristotle, the prince of philosophers, at the highbrow background of the West is moment to none. during this publication, Jonathan Barnes examines Aristotle's medical researches, his discoveries in good judgment and his metaphysical theories, his paintings in psychology and in ethics and politics, and his rules approximately paintings and poetry, putting his teachings of their old context.

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In his work, the bondsman comes to realize his own power and to develop his own consciousness: HEGEL’S ALGEBRA OF REVOLUTION 35 …in fashioning the thing, he becomes aware that…he himself exists essentially and actually in his own right…. It is in this way, therefore, that consciousness, qua worker, comes to see in the independent being of the object its own independence…. 83 Thus, the tables have been turned. The lord now exists only through another, the bondsman. ” Three things should be noted here.

This mystical substitute was then projected back into history as its moving force. But Hegel is also difficult for reasons that are not the result of character and circumstance. His theories use terms and concepts that are unfamiliar, because they go beyond the understanding of which everyday thought is capable. ” And, within strict limits, these are perfectly reasonable assumptions. Yet the fundamental discovery of Hegel’s dialectic was that things and ideas do change—empires rise and fall, likewise religions and schools of philosophy.

But Hegel is not referring to the mind or spirit of any single individual. Geist is probably best understood as the sum content of human consciousness as it has developed throughout history. 93 Spirit develops through history because it never wastes the gains of previous epochs. These were preserved, albeit in a different form, in subsequent ages. At the end of the process, the entire achievements of the development of human thought are summarized in Spirit. In a similar way, the entire content of the Phenomenology was preserved in its last category, Absolute Knowledge, and the entire content of the Science of Logic is preserved in its last category, the Absolute Idea.

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