Mittwoch, 2. Mai 2012

The free spirit

The free spirit

1. when the content that motivates a subject to action is drawn out of its immediate unity with the subject and is made to stand before it as an object, then it is that the freedom of spirit begins . . .

2. The most important point for the nature of spirit is the relation, not only of what it [spirit] implicitly is itself to what it actually is,

but of what it [spirit] knows itself to be to what it actually is; because spirit is essentially consciousness, this self-knowledge is a fundamental determination of its actuality.

3. it says that our thoughts have a reference to the essence of things, but this is an empty claim, for the essence of things would then be set up as the rule for our concepts whereas, for us, that essence can only be the concepts that we have of the things.

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