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One of the great books of Philosophy. Worth the effort.,
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This review is from: Phenomenology of Spirit (Galaxy Books) (Paperback)
Hegel was the first writer to present a Science of Human Experience. His term for this is Phenomenology. His basic theory is that Human Experience evolves or develops from rudimentary states to higher states of consciousness.
In an ascending Ladder, Hegel presents the following evolution of Consciousness (this is a very sketchy outline):
1. Sense-Certainty 2. Perceptual Consciousness 3. The Pure Understanding 4. Self-Consciousness - Desire - The Master/Slave Struggle - Stoic Consciousness - Skeptic Consciousness - Cynic Consciousness - Unhappy (Monk) Consciousness - Idealist Consciousness 5. Rational Consciousness (Reason) - Scientific Consciousness - Ethical Consciousness - Legal Consciousness 6. Spiritual Consciousness - Tragic Consciousness - Alienated Consciousness - Lacerated (Bohemian) Consciousness - Duty Consciousness - Freedom Consciousness - Forgiveness Consciousness 7. Religious Consciousness - Religion of Nature - Religion of Art - Religion of Revelation 8. Philosophy Consciousness - Dialectic Consciousness - Spirit Consciousness - Absolute Consciousness.
Hegel richly deserved all the attention he got in the past 190 years from our best thinkers.