AW: [hegel] Hegel;s hierarchy of absolute spirit
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Datum: 18.02.2010 08:20
Betreff: [hegel] Hegel;s hierarchy of absolute spirit
Without getting polemical I woud ask these questtions.In dialectics and
speculative thinking are hierarchies relevant? Doesnt the dialecticai
movement and speculative thought blur or obliterate hierarchical
As with Aristotle for Hegel Being is not a generic term. So, quite the reverse, if you take Being as a generic term
its meaning would be blurred or obliterated. Being is in everything, however, in quite different meanings. Important
for dialectics and speculative thinking are therefore non-hierarchical relations: Being-in-itself, Being-for-itself,
Being-for-another. Aristotle gives a good example which is only an example but shows vividly how Being has to be taken:
"healthy" has different meaning in different relations: a healthy organsim, a healthy apple, a healthy urine. In the
first case healthiness is in-itself, in the second case healthiness is for another, in the third case healthiness is
the sign for an in-iself. But what does "healthy" itself mean? Can you give a definition? In a hierarchical
relationship you can take the universal term as substantial (essential) or as a mere abstraction of the specific forms.
For Being you can do none of the two.